Recent proposals for a free trade agreement between Australia and the United States, while still timid, have obvious negative and positive effects. In particular, an agreement effectively excluding all of Australia`s other major trading partners from what would be considered a “trade bloc” between Australia and the United States (or at least deliberately misrepreserated) could send completely inappropriate signals to the region. In any event, it is interesting to note that the draft free trade agreement could exclude the difficult primary products sector. Australia would not have been able to develop or acquire the technical advance in the region it benefited from without access to US military technology. For example, the 1987 Defence White Paper argued that “privileged access to the highest US defence technologies helps us develop our own technical capabilities for controlling approaches on our continent,” citing the ability of Australian scientists to access US technology in the development of Australian radar on the horizon. (36) The Ball indicates that the populated population of Australia needs the kind of sophisticated equipment that the United States can provide to defend a vast land mass and a long coastal coastline. Ball points out that the paradox of American relations, promoted in the 1987 White Paper, is essential to Australia`s independence. (37) But Australia would find it difficult, if not impossible, to be independent outside of relations between the United States, and it is certain that such a direction would be politically or fiscally unsuitable. Therefore, the most realistic solution is autonomy within the alliance, especially since ASEAN and other countries in the region, although delayed by the Asian financial crisis, have narrowed the military technological gap between them and Australia. Any erosion of Australia`s technical advance since the end of the Cold War seems to make continued access to American technology even more important. It should be noted that those who talk about Australia`s dependence on the United States do not say how to avoid dependence on foreign services if we were not allies of the United States.

The Australian, New Zealand and American Security Treaty (CIS) was an agreement signed in 1951 to protect the security of the Pacific. Although the agreement has not been formally repealed, the United States and New Zealand no longer maintain security relations between their countries. Topics: Foreign Policy, Federal Government, Liberals, Bishop-Julie, Australia, United States, New Zealanders IN WITNESS WHEREOF signed agents signed this contract. The resulting contract was entered into in San Francisco on September 1, 1951 and came into effect on April 29, 1952. The treaty required the signatories to recognize that an armed attack in the peaceful region against one of them would endanger the peace and security of others. “The parties will consult whenever one of them is threatened on the territorial integrity, political independence or security of one of the parties in the Pacific.” The three nations also pledged to maintain and develop individual and collective capacities to withstand attacks. In 1944, New Zealand and Australia signed the Canberra Pact.

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