New Zealand’s Attitude toward China, Five Eyes “Ethical Confusion”: British Politician


British politicians have given New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister and Foreign Minister shocking and sharp criticism of New Zealand’s stance on China and its remarks about the Five Eyes Alliance.

In a debate at the British House of Commons on whether to declare the slaughter of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Conservative Rep. Bob Seely said “ethics” because NZ was too soft against Beijing. It is in “confusion”.

“A quarter of the UK supply chain is dominated by China.” Apparently said.. “The problem is that as we go further on that route, we end up in a hell of ethical turmoil, like New Zealand, where the prime minister roughly sucks into China and signals virtue while withdrawing the Five Eyes agreement. ., this is horribly myopic. “

“In that respect, we need to be on par with Australia. That’s a tiring cliché, but Australians are calling on China to do so at trade risk,” he said.

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Bob Seely MP will speak at the British Parliament in Westminster, London on January 20, 2021. (Parliamentlive.tv / Screenshot)

British politician commented that New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta gave her second formal speech in her role at the New Zealand China Council earlier this week, whatever the “modern relationship” with China. It is after the outline of.

Muffta warned local exporters that the trade market needed to be diversified and expressed concern about Beijing’s push of soft power into the South Pacific.

However, the minister also showed that the Ardern government preferred to maintain the Five Eyes Alliance primarily for information sharing.

“We are uncomfortable with expanding the powers of the Five Eyes,” she told reporters. “We rather want to look for multilateral opportunities to express our interests.”

“Human rights and other issues should be approached in a consistent, country-agnostic way,” she added. Her comments were endorsed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The comment was “shocking” to former European Parliamentarian Nigel Farage, who said NZ was leaving the Five Eyes for a new alliance with Beijing.

“We have just lost one of the closest and oldest allies in the world, as they are now completely in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. His youtube channel April 23.

“New Zealand sold their souls to Communist China, and why? Because much of their exports go there.”

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Before the meeting at the Great Hall of the People, which was held in China in Beijing on April 1, 2019, China’s Xi Jinping Jintao (right) is Jashinda-Adan Prime Minister of New Zealand signed a handshake. (Kenzaburo Oe – Pool / Getty Images)

The Five Eyes Alliance, consisting of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, was formed in the 1940s as an information sharing network.

However, in recent years, we have leveraged our network to discuss and partner with other pressing issues, including: Economy, defense, Big Tech regulations, and external relations.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, now in New Zealand, emphasized the importance of the group in an interview before his first official engagement with Mahuta on Thursday.

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Australian Foreign Minister Marize Payne (R) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take a photo on April 23, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (FionaGoodall / Getty Images)

“When it comes to the Five Eyes, especially last year, and certainly what I found during the last few moments, is a very important level of involvement between counterparts,” Payne told ABC Radio.

Ciaran Martin, former CEO of the UK’s National Cyber ​​Security Center, emphasized that Five Eyes is an information-sharing partnership, not a “foreign policy alliance.”

“It has never had an economic or trade function. There is no intergovernmental political mechanism.” He wrote on twitter..

“All of these are subject to change in the future, but have not yet changed.”

New Zealand has been accused of being the “soft underberry” of the Five Eyes network, critics have called the Ardern government Avoid offending Beijing maintains trade relations.

Comments from the Prime Minister are also frowned upon.

For example, in January, New Zealand’s Trade Minister Damien O’Connor suggested that the government should show more “respect” to Beijing if it wanted to mimic the “mature” relationship between New Zealand and China. , A close ally and caused diplomatic turmoil with neighboring Australia. ..

“If they (Australia) follow us and pay homage, I hope they will be in a similar situation (as in New Zealand) if they sometimes show a little more diplomacy and pay attention to the wording.” Said.

Michael Schubridge, director of defense at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said New Zealand is attempting “quiet diplomacy,” especially as Beijing continues to claim hegemony abroad. I warned that it was not suitable.

“New Zealand will find that their policy framework conflicts with their values ​​and interests, even if their purpose is to protect New Zealand’s trade in China,” he told The Epoch Times. ..

“While quietly assuring Five Eyes partners that everything is going well, assuring Beijing of the same is sustainable unless China fundamentally changes direction under Chinese leader Xi. Not. “