New Zealands Involvement In South East Asia

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New Zealand’s involvement in South East Asia in 1950-1970 differed from the involvement in the pacific for many reasons. New Zealand had many obligations due to agreement signed where as in the Pacific; New Zealand was seen as a trustee to several nations.

A key reason why New Zealand was involved in South East Asia was the agreements that had been signed between different countries, one of these being SEATO. SEATO allowed military intervention and also safeguarded South East Asia form communism which was a growing threat in Asia at that time. Another agreement signed was ANZAM, this agreement gave South East Asia stability and New Zealand contributed a large military force to protect it. This agreement also protected the country from communism, like SEATO. New Zealand’s involvement within Vietnam came through the SEATO agreement and indirectly from ANZAM. In Malaya and Malaysia, New ...view middle of the document...

It was more of an obligation than for the moral reasons that they were helping the Pacific for. We were often influencing the Pacific to become more independent and more alike to New Zealand, which was out of a moral reason rather than being influenced and pressured by the United States of America and Great Britain to contribute to South East Asia. We didn’t have an obligation to help the Pacific out like we did with South East Asia.

Another reason why New Zealand was involved in South East Asia between 1950-1970 was the growing threat of communism and aggression in the country. It was in New Zealand’s interests to prevent communism, the belief in the domino theory made the threat stronger. Fearing that the influence of communism would spread into the Pacific, New Zealand had then become involved in both Vietnam and Malaya/Malaysia. The attitude towards communism was that if one country was allowed to fall to it, the others would soon follow.

New Zealand’s involvement within the Pacific also differed from that of South East Asia was because it contributed aid out of moral reasons and self-interest. New Zealand helped promote education, health and economic development to also reduce poverty which is a leading factor that starts war. New Zealand gave bilateral aid- aid given directly to countries in the Pacific and multilateral aid – aid given to organizations that then distributes this aid where it is most needed. By doing this New Zealand has then increased influence to better the Pacific nation.

In conclusion the difference between the involvement in South East Asia and the Pacific was the fact that we helped the Pacific out of moral reasons where as in South East Asia we were binded through different agreements with the United States of America and Great Britain. We were influences to the Pacific but when getting involved in South East Asia the United States of America and Great Britain had influenced New Zealand and put pressure on the country to contribute.

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