By Yu Runze, Sina English
According to Kyodo News Service reported on July 27, sources reveal that the defense departments of China and Japan have already reached consensus on building a maritime liaison mechanism which would avoid conflicts in the East China Sea including the Diaoyu Islands.
The establishment of a maritime liaison mechanism is designed to avoid a potential collision between the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the People’s Liberation Army ships and aircraft.
China and Japan launched an expert group consultation in 2008 in order to help both sides respond to unexpected events and cement defense exchanges. Two more consultations were held respectively in 2009 and 2012 in Beijing.
Japan has already built similar maritime liaison mechanism with Russia and Korea.