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Japan and China resumed talks Monday on launching a maritime crisis management mechanism by the end of this year, as both countries aim to avert unwanted clashes over the Senkaku Islands.

The working-level talks in Tokyo, held for the first time since 2012, came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping agreed during a summit in November to ease tensions over the sovereignty of the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea.

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