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Japan and China on Monday will hold their first foreign and defense security talks since March 2015, the Foreign Ministry said.

The meeting in Beijing will involve senior officials from the foreign and defense ministries of each side, including Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba from Japan and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, the ministry said.

For the first round, the agenda is expected to cover North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and Sino-Japanese tensions in the East China Sea.

Akiba will also hold separate talks with Kong on Tuesday in which he is likely to discuss preparations for the trilateral leaders summit set to be held in Tokyo late next month, presuming besieged South Korean President Park Geung-hye can attend.

The talks come as China Coast Guard vessels continue to intrude into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands. The Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea are also claimed by China as Diaoyu and Taiwan as Tiaoyutai.

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