China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo
China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo
Michael Kovrig
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Michael Kovrig

How a long-awaited hotline could pave the way for calmer China-Japan relations

Japan and China should use a new maritime and aerial communication mechanism to manage disputes with ‘professionalism, dialogue and diplomacy’, Michael Kovrig writes

China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo
China’s premier, Li Keqiang (second from left), and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (left), visit a Toyota factory in Tomakomai on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Photo: Kyodo
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Michael Kovrig

Michael Kovrig

Michael Kovrig is senior adviser for North East Asia for International Crisis Group, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.