Vieät Nam and New Zealand outline joint environmental goals for 2013-16
Party General Secretary Nguyeãn Phuù Troïng told New Zealand GovernorGeneral Jerry Mateparae that he hoped New Zealand would tighten cooperation with Vieät Nam in the combat against climate change, rising sea levels and studies on clean energy. The two leaders affirmed the importance of peace, stability, safety, security and maritime freedom in the East Sea and shared the view that disputes should be settled by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and with the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea toward the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. They witnessed the signing of the Vieät Nam-New Zealand Action Programme for the 2013-16 period, and the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. The two countries also agreed on measures to develop their bilateral partnership. The agreement was reached during the talks between President Tröông Taán Sang and the visiting Governor-General. They agreed to maintain the exchanges of delegations at all levels and people-to-people exchanges, and work on co-operation deals reached in the past; whilst acknowledging the two sides should keep bilateral co-operation mechanisms like political consultations, a national defence dialogue, and a joint committee on economic and trade co-operation.