America's decision to re-start training with the New Zealand military eliminates the absurdity that our troops could die alongside US soldiers, but not train alongside them. But what will the rest of the world make of it?
To the average Kiwi in the street, the fact that America is actively reviewing its relationship with New Zealand and has confirmed it will begin training with our troops after a 25 year hiatus may not seem an especially big deal. In diplomatic circles, however, it's a huge gain, the most exciting development in New Zealand-United States relations for quite some time.
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