New Zealand Foreign Minister Nania Amahuta said on Monday her country felt uncomfortable to expand intelligence with the United States and other nations when it comes to China. Bloomberg reports.
“We spoke to Five Eyes partners that we were uncomfortable with the Five Eyes expansion,” Mahuta told reporters Monday in Wellington. various”
The Five Eyes Alliance dates from World War II and includes the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
The new statement underscores how tensions surrounding how China can divide the United States from some of its allies.
New Zealand did not join the other Five Eyes members in a joint statement following the mass arrests in Hong Kong in January, according to Bloomberg.
“New Zealand is very clear not to call Five Eyes as the first point of contact to send messages about real issues other than Five Eyes deliveries,”; Mahuta said in a Bloomberg report.
“We don’t like that approach and have shown Five Eyes partners what we need is to look for other support in the region, which may or may not be those countries.”