High-ranking officials from China and Japan will hold their first meeting in four years to discuss security issues in the region amid an ongoing territorial row. Officials from the foreign and defense ministries are expected to meet in Tokyo in April for the first time since 2011.
The two biggest economies in Asia have been locked in a territorial dispute over the islands in the East China Sea, controlled by Japan. They are known in Japan as the Senkakus and China calls the islands Diaoyu.
In November, both countries announced they intend to ease tensions and gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue following intense diplomatic negotiations.