Vieät Nam and New Zealand out­line joint en­vi­ron­men­tal goals for 2013-16

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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.

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