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*translation : Hello ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
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=>How New Zealand Overshadows Australia, Its Larger Neighbor
By any objective measure, Australia is a far more formidable power than New Zealand. Australia's population is five times bigger, its economy six times bigger, and its defense capability similarly more robust. Yet in recent years New Zealand has been the more influential of the two neighbors in world affairs.
How is this paradox of the less powerful being the more influential explained? New Zealand has nothing but its diplomacy to rely on in protecting, pursuing and advancing its national interests. Therefore it has to sharpen the skills of its diplomats to the highest level.
Australia, as a middle power, tries to use economic and military muscle in the region. In the wake of Australia's leading the intervention in East Timor last year that was mandated by the UN, some Australian ministers claimed that their country's robust demonstration of military capacity earned them greater respect and recognition in the region.
But many in Southeast Asia were critical of the Australian role and cynical of its motives. Australia was the only country that explicitly recognized Indonesia's annexation of East Timor, that signed a treaty with Indonesia's former President Suharto to exploit the oil and natural gas resources in the Timor Sea and that signed a security agreement with Jakarta in 1995.
Yet, when world opinion turned against Mr. Suharto, Canberra promptly abandoned a former friend and quasi-ally to lead an international force into Indonesian territory.
New Zealand's equally professional military performance in East Timor drew much praise and no criticism. Today it is New Zealand, not Australia, that is represented on the UN's high-level review of peacekeeping.As a small nation, New Zealand is less threatening to others in the region than Australia. Meanwhile, Australia's prime minister, John Howard, portrayed Australia as deputy sheriff to the United States in the Asia-Pacific area — reinforcing the Asian perception that Australian foreign policy is an adjunct of the U.S. State Department. Proximity to the small island-states of the South Pacific predisposes New Zealand to consensual interaction. It is more attuned to the so-called "Asian way" of avoiding confrontational politics. Australia, on the other hand, has forgotten its colonial and racial history faster than Asians. Its neighbors resent being lectured on universal human values by those who failed to practice the same during European colonialism.
This comic series will be focusing on New Zealand and ASEAN relationships. There will be cultural introductions between countries and get to know each others.
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