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Japan and China have held their second intergovernmental talks on maritime affairs to discuss security and crisis management in the East China Sea, including waters around the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said.

The central government hopes the dialogue will contribute to mending bilateral ties and pave the way for summit talks, which have been not held since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assumed office in December 2012.

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