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Japan and China launched a communication mechanism between their defense authorities Friday to avert accidental clashes in the air and at sea, while sidestepping a territorial row over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The launch of the Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism had been a long pending issue, but the countries reached an agreement in May amid a recent thaw in bilateral relations that have previously been marred by disputes over territory and history.

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