China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence

China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence, by Tara Chan.

Five Eyes is the name of the intelligence alliance between the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that has routinely shared sensitive intelligence since 1955. But failure to respond to interference attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should endanger New Zealand’s membership, Peter Mattis, a former CIA China expert testified to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission last month. …

The committee heard from a number of experts on Beijing’s relations with US allies and its attempts to influence these nations, a subject of intense discussion in New Zealand and Australia in recent months.

“Australia and New Zealand both face substantial problems with interference by the CCP. In both cases, the CCP has gotten very close to or inside the political core, if you will, of both countries,” Mattis said.

But its the two different reactions from their governments that warrants such drastic action by the international intelligence agencies, believes Mattis.

Australia commissioned a secret government study that uncovered CCP attempts to influence all levels of politics, and subsequently proposed a raft of new legislation targeting espionage, foreign political donations, and foreign interference.

But New Zealand, according to Mattis, has not done enough.

“Four eyes” sounds like an insult.