China, Japan hold talks on maritime affairs



China and Japan have agreed to more communication between their defense authorities, and have made positive progress on building an air and maritime contact system.

The agreement was reached during the eighth round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs between various government departments from the two countries, held from Dec. 5 to 6 in Shanghai.

They agreed to expand information exchanges to jointly crack down on transnational crimes such as smuggling and drug trafficking.

They also agreed to hold a meeting of experts to discuss marine garbage in 2018.

The two sides pledged to cooperate more in maritime search and rescue, as well as marine geology.

China and Japan also exchanged views on the East China Sea issue and agreed to hold the ninth round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs in Japan in the first half of next year.