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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)

New Zealand,   pp. 1479-1490 PDF (4.9 MB)

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                         NEW ZEALAND
       Department of State Policy Statement for New Zealand
SECRET                                  [WAsHINGTON,] July 30, 1951.
                            NEw ZEALAND
                            A. OBJECTIVES
  The fundamental objectives of United States policy toward New
Zealand are:
   1. To maintain and strengthen the close ties of friendship which
exist between New Zealand and the United States;
   2. To encourage New Zealand, as an independent member of the
British Commonwealth of Nations, to collaborate closely with the
United States on matters of common concern, particularly in the
   3. To strengthen New Zealand, in association with Australia, as a
 friendly military power in the Southwest Pacific;
   4. To encourage the economic development of New Zealand and
 the growth of her foreign trade in accordance with the principles of
                              B. POLICIES
   In the consideration of US policies with respect to New Zealand
 some general discussion regarding basic New Zealand foreign policy
 attitudes and internal political problems may be helpful. New Zea-
   For additional documentation regarding the relations of the United States
 New Zealand, including the visit to Washington of Prime Minister Sidney
 Holland in February 1951, see pp. 105 ff. See also the editorial note, p.
   2 In despatch 161, from Wellington, September 20, the Embassy in New Zealand
 stated in part:
   "It is suggested that this additional 'Objective' be added: 'To encourage
 Zealand to collaborate with the United States on questions arising in the
 Nations or its Specialized Agencies.' Work along such lines is one of the
 activities of this Embassy.
   "The fourth 'objective' might be appropriately omitted if, at the
time of re-
 vision of the Statement, the United States is placing restrictions on the
 tation of New Zealand products, as it may be presently about to do under
 Defense Production Act." (611.44/9-2051)
   For text of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, with annexes and
 schedules, and protocol of provisional application, see Department of State
 Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 1700, or 61 Stat.
 5 & 6.

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