Let's Just Be Friends: New Zealand's Response to U.S. Security Policies
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ASIA-PACIFIC CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES HONOLULU HI
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New Zealand and the United States had an extremely close security relationship until the mid-1980s, at which point New Zealand was classified by the United States as a friend rather than an ally. New Zealand and the United States hold very similar views on values such as the need for democracy within states, the effectiveness of open markets and the international trading regime and the importance of human rights. The two countries also take a similar stance on issues such as the relationship between Taiwan and China, the Korean Peninsula and the India-Pakistan dispute. New Zealand supports the United States in the war on terrorism. New Zealand is discouraged by the United States cavalier approach to multilateral institutions. l New Zealand holds more firmly than does the United States to the need for the United Nations to authorize military action against Iraq. Despite the similarity of their international outlooks, New Zealand is content to remain a friend rather than an ally of the United States.
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