Tokyo, Jan 07 (Agencies): Japan and China have agreed in their first anti-terrorism dialogue that they will enhance cooperation to counter regional and international terrorism, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

Delegates headed by Takaaki Kojima, Japanese ambassador in charge of international counter-terrorism cooperation, and Luo Zhaohui, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's director general of the department of external security affairs, shared the view that terrorism remains a grave threat to the international community.

Kojima and Luo exchanged views on international anti-terrorism cooperation in such areas as providing support for capacity building in developing countries.

They also agreed that Tokyo and Beijing will promote efforts to lead talks on fighting terrorism at multilateral settings including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

The two officials also reaffirmed that Japan, China and South Korea will hold consultations by experts on eliminating terrorism at an early date, as agreed upon during a trilateral summit meeting in May last year.

The bilateral antiterrorism dialogue, which was held after the two countries' working-level talks on United Nations reform in December, signals an improvement in Japan-China ties that have been severely strained following ship collisions near disputed islands in the East China Sea in September last year.