TOKYO | The Latest: Japan, China agree to launch defense hotline

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TOKYO | The Latest: Japan, China agree to launch defense hotline

TOKYO — The Latest on the Japan-China-South Korea trilateral summit (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Japan and China have signed an agreement to launch a defense hotline aimed at preventing military clashes stemming from their territorial row over East China Sea islands.

The hotline under a memorandum signed Wednesday will take effect next month.

The agreement concludes the countries’ decade-long negotiations on the communication mechanism, which had stalled after the island row escalated in 2012 when Tokyo nationalized the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China calls Diaoyu.

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