TOKYO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Japan and Australia agreed that the two countries would strengthen bilateral cooperation in security so as to better maintain regional peace and stability, according to local media Wednesday.
During a meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on Tuesday, Kishida said Japan hopes cooperation with Australia in all areas would be enhanced to cope with increasingly severe regional environment.
For her part, Bishop said that her country welcomes Japan's new defense posture featuring attempts to exercise collective self- defense rights, saying it will help Japan take a constructive part in regional and global security.
The Japanese government is trying to revise its interpretation of its war-renouncing constitution to lift the self-imposed ban on the use of collective self-defense, drawing doubts from neighboring countries.
The two top diplomats also agreed to accelerate negotiations for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, adding the two countries should also conclude bilateral free trade talks soon.
It is Bishop's first visit to Japan as Australian foreign minister and she is scheduled to conclude the three-day visit to Japan on Wednesday.