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Japan, China set up military hotline for East China Sea

An aircraft carrier on the horizon
A Chinese aircraft carrier in the East China Sea. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

After a decade of discussing a potential military hotline to avoid escalation in the East China Sea, Tokyo and Beijing have agreed to establish one, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Tensions in the Sino-Japanese relationship have been simmering down, with the two countries working more closely together amid mounting uncertainty around U.S. foreign policy and a potential trade war.