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*translation : Hello ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)


Thank you to :iconnormalaatsra: for providing the ASEAN-NZ info from the NZ embassy in Indonesia and thank you to :iconmelonstyle: for providing NZ perspective on ASEAN nations. 

=>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.
Indonesia OC & Philippines OC designs by :iconmelonstyle:
Brunei Darussalam OC design by :iconanvilgurl:
Malaysia OC design by :iconrenichii96:
Singapore OC design by dinosaurusgede.

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thepagansun Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
And how cute and wonderful that there are such art as these that shows more of the "OC" countries. They're important too! Very well drawn as always! 
thepagansun Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Does it mean something or is it ironic that Spain is actually collaborating with Australia on defense? (Sold them weapons, trained them and is doing drills with them, etc.) Since Spain had quite a distinct colonial mentality that hasn't really gone away. Not in a "racist" way but more in a "I'm the papa and you're my children so I know best" way. I wonder if Australia picked up that habit of his too. XD
Qiaros Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha... Malaysia terus mintak angpau Lol... xD
Cyrille2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Hai kak. Cepat selesai kan lanjutannya sebelum aku membanting laptop ini <ngancem
S3cRt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This story made me wanna know more the continue of story, :)
chiharumatsuo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Angpaoo xDD
CatSummoner Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aduh! Imut bangeeet~ :love:
Komik2 buatanmu makin ekspresif dan rame.. enak bacanya =)
Normalaatsra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Photographer
Aahh this is so cuuuuuuute!
EpicZakura98 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist

Phil is so funny ~ xD
Erwici-Cius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
cia cia ciaaaa kak... minta angpao nyaaa xDDD /wooy/
Cielo889 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
He's so cute! Best of luck to him! Also... ANGPAO!! Hehehe...
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
i hope he fits in!! :D
TheAnimangaGirl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
New Zealand is adorable :3
angelliyesmadirector Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
misschocoholic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist

And the Kiwi and Kakapo~

Senpai, Zamrud Nusantara gak dilanjutkan? QWQ
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
makasi Cya X333

Zamrud Khatulistiwa ya... kyny hiatus dulu sampai spy standoff dgn Aussie selesai dulu.
terus terang jadi rada sebel sama Coalition, terutama sama Tony Abott and Mark Textor.
Portugal22 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1994rt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Naaw they're so cute holding hands ><
tsukasa013 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Philippines reaction was the same as mine when I saw my grandparents came in the Philippines for the Lunar new year.
melonstyle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
fhsfldjskflhk yaaaaaay, an update! Indonesia and NZ's interactions are seriously adorable, I love those two! friendship, something more, I don't even mind which :iconheplz:

And it's great to see more of the other ASEAN too! :D Bring on the karaoke! XDD
lmbrake Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think he's a bit taken back by her huge family, hehe. :XD: I love how they all interact with each other!
Dangara2610 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
>////3///<) !!!! Yeahh!! Thanks Dino!!
randomsketchez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Brunei! I want angpao too! X3
AkariKyoku Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh aku baru ingat belum dikasih angpao.....:iconrlyplz:
katen-chan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Page 3 is here! Can't wait for the karaoke part LOL Momo Kisaragi (Sings) [V1] 
Lueyos-Panda Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
aww I love you drawing style it's so cute!!♥ Can't wait to see more ASEAN ^^b
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Let the karaoke begin then X3! 
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