Tokyo and Beijing agreed to set up a military hotline, forming an emergency communication process to defuse possible crises over the disputed Islands and the Taiwan Strait.
- The Japanese defense ministry stated that the governments reached an agreement to create the link by the end of 2022 during a phone call between Nobuo Kishi, the defense minister, and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe.
- The ministers resolved on a “timely establishment” of a hotline between the two militaries to improve the effectiveness of maritime and aerial communication systems to handle unintended conflicts.
- The Chinese defense ministry did not expressly acknowledge the hotline but stated that there is a need for improved liaison and communication between the two defense ministries.
A military hotline between China and Japan was under consideration for more than 100 years. The sides had agreed to set up one in 2007, but the plans failed.
CSI 300 down -1.46%, Nikkei 225 down -0.56%Source: FT