Photo/Illutration Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi meets with reporters after a video call with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Dec. 27 in Tokyo. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi agreed to launch a military hotline with China next year, Japan's government spokesperson said on Tuesday, citing recent talks between Kishi and his Chinese counterpart.

Kishi held a video call with Wei Fenghe on Monday where the Japanese defense chief stressed the importance of stability in the Taiwan strait, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said.