Chinese navy ship makes secretive visit to Five Eyes partner, New Zealand
A Chinese Navy vessel will soon dock in New Zealand on an unknown mission, once again stirring doubt amongst fellow partners of the Five Eyes anglophone intelligence network.
The Qi Jiguang has been welcomed by the New Zealand Defence Force as it prepares to dock in the land of the Kiwis, with NZDF officials being rather sparse on details.
This ship’s pending arrival and mission went unannounced for some time, and the subsequent inquiries were directed to the Chinese embassy, which gave no immediate response to Newshub reporters.
The NZDF has increased cooperation with China in recent times, igniting controversy by teaming up with the communist nation and breaking away from its western intelligence allies- by supporting China’s contentious global infrastructure and investment project, known as the “Belt and Road” initiative.
Backed with money by state-run banks from within China, the B&R has proven to be too tempting for many nations to turn down, primarily nations with struggling economies (excluding the opportunistic neutral nation of Switzerland, of course). Many view the program as a form of “debt colonization.”
The alliance between the Kiwis and the Chinese has called their allegiance in the “Five Eyes” intelligence network into question, particularly in the realm of being a reliable partner to the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
According to The Guardian, the matter has been a serious issue since last year, when it was revealed that top NZ politicians were tied to Chinese state interests.
“I think that at some level the Five Eyes or the Four Eyes need to have a discussion about whether or not New Zealand can remain, given this problem with the political core,” said CIA alumnus Peter Mattis, who testified at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2018.
Australia’s loyalty has also been called into question, though not at a level on par with New Zealand.
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