Reference News reported on April 20 that according to Reuters, on the 19th local time, New Zealand Foreign Minister Mahuta said in a speech at the New Zealand-China Relations Promotion Committee that the “Five Eyes Alliance” expanded its scope of authority and made New Zealand “uneasy.” . She said that New Zealand opposed the use of the “Five Eyes Alliance” to “a collective voice on a series of issues beyond the scope of the “Five Eyes Alliance”.”
The scope of the so-called “Five Eyes Alliance” traditionally refers to the collection and sharing of intelligence. This alliance was born during World War II and is composed of five English-speaking countries, the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, in recent years, the organization’s hands have become longer and longer, and it has been frequently criticized by China on issues related to China’s internal affairs such as Xinjiang and Hong Kong. It has been criticized many times by the Chinese side. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian said “regardless of their length. Five eyes are still ten eyes. As long as they dare to harm China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, and be careful to be blinded, it is widely known.
However, the alliance is not monolithic, and New Zealand seems to be the “weak link”. For example, New Zealand has previously been reluctant to sign a joint statement criticizing China by its “Five Eyes Alliance” partners. New Zealand did not participate in the process of gathering more than a dozen countries to question the WHO’s new coronavirus traceability report. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the reasons and said that the country hopes to independently analyze the WHO report. In January of this year, China and New Zealand also formally signed the escalation protocol of the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. For this reason, the neglected Australian politicians were so angry that the Australian media also criticized New Zealand for “undermining the alliance and unity” and “too moderate to China.” “.
Among the various critics, the British media reports are quite representative. The “Daily Telegraph” report stated bluntly at the beginning of the first sentence: While seeking to establish a closer alliance with China, its largest trading partner, New Zealand has broken with its “Five Eyes” intelligence partners, including Britain. Although the report also quoted sources from the British intelligence agency that New Zealand’s foreign minister Mahuta’s remarks did not represent the “rupture of the Five Eyes alliance,” the report anxiously concluded that New Zealand will focus on China. “The Times” directly pointed out: “Five eyes” will become “Four eyes”.