Japan and China Agreed to Establish a Mechanism to Prevent Incidents at Sea

Japan and China reached a common agreement on the establishment of a mechanism to prevent collisions at sea and in airspace in the East China Sea region. This was reported on Wednesday with reference to the sources of the agency Kyodo, TASS reported.

According to him, an agreement on an agreement on the establishment of an emergency communication mechanism was reached at a meeting in Shanghai, where the eighth round of high-level consultations on maritime issues began on Tuesday. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the agencies of the two countries that deal with diplomacy, defense, maritime law, and law enforcement agencies are taking part in the negotiations.

Representatives of the governments of Japan and China negotiated the creation of such a mechanism for several years. It is assumed that such a system will allow the exchange of urgent messages to avoid collisions in the event of difficult situations, including in areas that Japan or the PRC consider as territorial waters.Mechanism to Prevent Collisions at Sea

Relations between Tokyo and Beijing remain strained against the backdrop of a territorial dispute around the Senkaku (Diaoyu Islands) islands in the East China Sea, which erupted in September 2012 after the Japanese authorities purchased these lands from private owners. After that, massive anti-Japanese demonstrations accompanied by pogroms were held in the People’s Republic of China. Since then, Chinese ships are constantly plying near disputed islands and periodically make demonstrative calls to the coastal zone.