Post-war New Zealand was reluctant to follow Australiaâ€™s activism on combatting communism in Asia through assistance to the ex-colonies. In early 1950 its government was cool towards what was at first known as the â€˜Spender Planâ€™ for Asia, and refused to commit any money. Nevertheless John Reid, who led the party of NZ officials involved in preparing the agenda for the crucial Foreign Ministersâ€™ meeting in Sydney in May 1950, effectively allied with Asian delegates to rescue â€˜Technical Assistanceâ€™ from an otherwise disastrous British-Australian conflict. Despite itself, New Zealand played a very constructive role in the emergence of the Colombo Plan.
|Journal||New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|