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Australia's Involvement In The Vietnam War

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Australia feared communism due to the fact they thought that if Vietnam fell to communism then so would Australia, this can be referred to as the “Domino Effect”. This resulted in the policy of “forward defence” which provoked Australia to take action before the domino effect of communism spread throughout Asia and the western world.In this assignment I will be focusing on the Vietnam War.The purpose of the Australian Foreign Policy is to advance the national interest – the security and prosperity of Australia and Australians. The Australian Foreign Policy seeks to maintain national security, promote economic and trade interests, expand regional and global links, and ...view middle of the document...

In 1954, Vietnam separated because the people of North Vietnam wanted Vietnam to be a communist country, but the people of South Vietnam didn't. So South Vietnam decided to separate from North Vietnam. North Vietnam did not like the way that South Vietnam dealt with the situation, and this caused a war. The Vietnam War was a military struggle fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975, involving the North Vietnamese and National Liberation front in conflict with South Vietnamese, United States and Australia. On the 29th of April 1965, Australia Prime Minister Menzies formally announced Australia's participation in the Vietnam War and explained it in the following terms:The takeover of South Vietnam would be a direct military threat to Australia and all the countries of South and Southeast Asia. It must be seen as part of a trust by Communist China between the India and Pacific Oceans.Furthermore, Menzies highlighted that Australia's commitment was a direct response to the request of South Vietnam Government. Although, Menzies took trouble to emphasize the independence of Australia's decision and...

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