From the VOA,
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan announced the plan for a military-to-military hot line during Gates's first visit to China as pentagon chief.
No date of operation was given, but China's official Xinhua news agency said it would be the first of its kind that China has established with another country.
Beijing has previously indicated it backs a hot line, long wanted by Washington, but the project has not been realized.
U.S. officials had expected China to embrace the idea again during Gates' visit. But they said talks on finalizing the arrangements would be the true test of whether Beijing really had the political will to establish such a direct link.
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