I agree completely.For others to believe NZ is able to chart an independent foreign policy, your country must have some limited military capability to be independent.
As a 2 frigate navy, the country has less than a limited capability to patrol its waters. I wish NZDF good luck to generate the needed patrols, when a maritime militia swarm arrives.
If NZDF is going to be resourced to buy a 5th or 6th P-8A and the replacement frigate build plan brought forward to 2025-2028 (along with a concurrent plan to get a 4th Frigate in the mid-term), then you can really say that the NZ Government is serious about charting an independent path.
What is an alternate way of looking at current NZ government moves? Do we consider it as NZ government’s way of giving lip service (and concurrent appeasement)?
Unfortunately our new defence minister does not seem to be doing much.
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