HANOI, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The First Vietnam-Japan defense strategic dialogue at the deputy-ministerial level kicked off in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Monday under the co-chair of Vietnamese deputy national defense minister Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and Japanese deputy defense minister Hironori Kanazawa.
At their talks, the two deputy defense ministers of Vietnam and Japan shared a common view that the Vietnam-Japan relationship has entered into a new stage of development in all fields, including cooperation in national defense which is positive and in line with the bilateral strategic partnership approved by high-ranking leaders of the two countries.
Through exchange of visits, both sides have built mutual trust and understanding, which is an impetus to develop bilateral defense cooperation more practically and effectively.
Both sides agreed on measures to enhance bilateral defense cooperation in the coming years in such areas as exchange of visits, training, exchange of experience in joining the peace forces, demining bombs and navy medical work, and in response to non-traditional security issues.
They reached a consensus that both sides should support each other at the multilateral forums, including the ASEAN Plus Defence Ministerial Meeting (ADMM+) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), as well as in handling conflicts by peaceful solutions.
Both sides agreed to actively set forth a roadmap, a dialogue mechanism and measures to implement initiatives for defense cooperation and bilateral exchange signed by the two defense ministers in October 2011, contributing to deepen the Vietnam- Japan strategic partnership.