“Wellington Declaration”: “New Era” in NZ-USA relations
Clinton’s comments came the day after the signing of the so-called Wellington Declaration which has re-established the subservient position New Zealand had with the USA, begun in 1952.
National Prime Minister John Key stated after his talk with Clinton that, “we agreed that the relationship between our two countries is in great shape. It is the best it has been for 25 years.” Key states that the Wellington Declaration “establishes a new strategic partnership between our two countries. This will include regular ministerial meetings and working together more in the Pacific.”
The Declaration has been heralded as “a new era,” “establishing a new Strategic Partnership between New Zealand and the US.” The Declaration commits New Zealand and the USA to working together on joint projects in the Pacific, which presumably translates as meaning an agenda to subvert the island states, and dividing the region up between the USA and China, with New Zealand being the lackey state of both, since New Zealand is not about to undertake anything that will jeopardize its crucial entanglement with China.
In a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, the ramifications are further explained:
…The second aspect of the Strategic Partnership is focused on regular high level political dialogue. Ministerial level meetings will be held regularly, and political military talks will take place at officials level annually.
“We’ll also make sure that our subject experts meet regularly – there’s no point in working in isolation on issues like climate change, or non-proliferation and disarmament.”
High level officials talks will also be held between New Zealand, the US and Australia, with a focus on Pacific regional priorities.
Mr McCully says the launching of the Declaration is “highly symbolic.”
“It turns a new page in the relationship and establishes a framework for close cooperation across a whole range of fields of shared interest.”
Defence White Paper
As it happens the “new era” in New Zealand-US relations seems strikingly similar to the “new era in New Zealand-Chinese relations.” By “coincidence” New Zealand’s first Defence White Paper in “over a decade” was released in time for the inauguration of the “new era in NZ/US relations,” and concludes:
The uncertain strategic outlook underscores the need for an NZDF which is responsive, versatile, and professional, able to conduct the range of tasks set for it by the Government, particularly in the South Pacific but also alongside partners and friends further afield. The fiscal outlook requires an NZDF which is affordable now and in the future.
US-China accord in Pacific region?
What can “partners and friends further afield” mean other than the USA and China? China has a vigorous agenda in gaining influence among the small island states in the South Pacific because of both the strategic positions of many and because of the votes these states have in the UN General Assembly. Frequent “political military talks” at the highest levels and common aims in the Pacific region are also precisely what the Sino-New Zealand relationship has included for several years, albeit mostly unrealized by New Zealanders. As previously documented by this writer:
In July 2008, New Zealand and Chinese army chiefs met in Beijing. China reported on this high level meeting, which doesn’t seem to have been mentioned by New Zealand media:
China and New Zealand vowed here on Friday to further army exchanges to push forward military relations between the two countries. “The Chinese armed forces advocate expanding contact and substantial cooperation with their New Zealand counterparts to upgrade military relations in the long run,” said Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
New Zealand Maritime Component Commander, Commodore David Anson, stationed in Shanghai, stated: “There’s no doubt that New Zealand is wishing to grow its relationship with China – there’s no doubt in all facets. Military is just one of those building blocs.”
Since it seems highly doubtful that Clinton and the rest of the US Administration would be unaware of New Zealand’s close relationship with China, one might say as a de facto satrapy, it remains an interesting prospect as to how New Zealand’s very similar diplomatic and defense relationships with both the USA and China will unfold. The New Zealand Defence White Paper itself mentions the looming instability of the region, and the responsibility of New Zealand in playing its part in trying to maintain stability. The most likely prospect for large-scale regional conflict is from rivalry over water resources. Into such a scenario there is no fundamental reason why the often repeated warning that there is going to be a conflict between the USA and China will unfold over issues in this region. Rather, the interests of the two super-powers could be in accord rather than in conflict, especially should geopolitical shifts occur in regard to Russia, South East and Central Asia. The USA and China could move ever closer as they did during the Cold War vis-à-vis Russia. This writer maintains, probably as a minority of one, that New Zealand’s best course in such “regional instability ” as the NZ Defence White Paper calls it, is to keep its options open vis-à-vis two emerging and re-emerging powers respectively, India and Russia.
 Another flagrant example being the Opium Wars in the interests of Sassoon et al.
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