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The defense ministers of Japan and China have agreed in their first talks since June 2011 that defense exchanges and the early launch of a maritime communication mechanism will be important in preventing accidental clashes.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday after meeting Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on the sidelines of a regional security gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani declined to say if they discussed China’s contentious moves in the disputed South China Sea.

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