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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NZ Defence Paper 2010 zeroes in on 'fragility of the South Pacific'

New Zealand's Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has released the paper today saying it sets out the country's assessment of the strategic environment over the next 20 years. He says the prosperity of the Asia Pacific region has been built on stability and security. He also says New Zealand has been actively engaged in dealing with state stability, and with the effects of terrorism.

Excerpts from the report:

New Zealand's strategic outlook to 2035
1.9 The rules-based international order is under pressure. Key international institutions are struggling to forge consensus on a range of trans-boundary issues. Economic weight is shifting. New military technologies are emerging and the threat of proliferation is growing. Terrorism is a continuing challenge to state authority.
1.11 The outlook for the South Pacific is one of fragility. The resilience of Pacific Island states and the effectiveness of regional institutions will remain under pressure. With
Australia, which will remain our most important security partner, we will continue to play in the region.
11 a leadership role in the region, acting as a trusted friend to our South Pacific neighbours.
1.12 The United States (US) is likely to remain the pre-eminent military power for the next 25 years, but its relative technological and military edge will diminish. Tensions related to the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and the South China Sea will continue, as will pressure points in South and Southeast Asia. Security structures in the Asia-Pacific region will continue to evolve. The Middle East will remain a region of instability.

Tasks for the NZDF

1.14 Tasks in and around New Zealand and the South Pacific will be the starting point for choosing the military capabilities of the NZDF. This means, with Australia, being able to deal with any reasonably foreseeable contingency in the South Pacific.

South Pacific
3.42 Today, many Pacific Island states face chronic social, economic, environmental, andgovern ance stresses. Few countries in the region can claim to have mastered the
difficult challenges of globalisation, and the cumulative nature of these stresses means that the outlook for the South Pacific over the next 25 years is one of fragility.
3.43 The people of the South Pacific will remain open and optimistic but they have few strategic resources to fall back on, and their control over those resources is being tested. It is therefore likely that the resilience of Pacific Island states and the effectiveness of regional institutions will remain under pressure.
3.44 Along with Australia, we will continue to contribute to stability, capacity strengthening and economic development, regional maritime surveillance, search and rescue,
humanitarian aid, and disaster relief when required. In pursuing these objectives, we will work with France in the context of FRANZ; with the countries of the Pacific Islands
Forum (PIF) in the context of the PIF Pacific Plan and the Biketawa Declaration; and with a range of development partners.
3.45 Many more outside countries and non-governmental organisations are now involved in the South Pacific. This trend is likely to continue. Much of this involvement is constructive and co-operative, but it may test our continuing ability, alongside Australia, to remain at the forefront of international efforts to support Pacific Island states. Very little of this external involvement is expected to have a military dimension, other than offers of defence co-operation.
3.46 The fragility of the South Pacific may lead to a more complex operating environment for the NZDF in the future. Our military engagement with the region will be most effective if
it enjoys the consent and support of the receiving state. This places a premium on New Zealand working hard, including through the NZDF, to remain a trusted friend to
Pacific Island states.
3.47 The problems facing Pacific Island states are even more acute in neighbouring Timor-Leste. The Government of Timor-Leste is likely to continue to require substantial
9 The FRANZ Statement, signed by representatives of the Governments of France, Australia and New Zealand in December 1992, commits its signatories to ‘exchange information to ensure the best use of their assets and other resources for relief operations … in the [South Pacific] region’.


Full report available at  http://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/Defence_White_Paper%202010.pdf

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NZDF have over complicated a very simple issue?

South Pacific is a very big ocean dotted with Islands - ask any of your captains who you will require to traverses this vast area in times of conflict what would they prefer - hostile or friendly ports of call?