Japan, Australia agree to enhance ties

TOKYO (Xinhua) – Japan and Australia yesterday agreed to strengthen their cooperative efforts to respond to current tensions on the Korean Peninsular as well as boost logistic cooperation between their defense forces.

The so-called “two-plus-two” talks were held in Tokyo between Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada and their Australian counterparts, Julie Bishop and Marise Payne.

Japanese officials said that security concerns pertaining to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its nuclear and missile programmes were discussed by both sides, who agreed that they would cooperate with the United States on the issue.

The ministers were also set to discuss the idea of revising a bilateral pact inked in January to extend logistic cooperation between the defence forces of both countries, officials said.

Also chaired for discussion was a possible agreement that would allow for the facilitation of joint exercises by both countries’ defence forces on overseas visits to each other.