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Japan and China are planning to convene a meeting of senior foreign affairs and defense officials, possibly in late May, to discuss maritime security, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

The first meeting will likely be held in Beijing. The plan will be announced by the two countries if Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, can reach an agreement during talks Saturday in Ningbo, eastern China, the sources said.

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