The New Zealand’s government’s alliance with China has come under close scrutiny after reports have surfaced that its involvement in Beijing’s Five Eyes intelligence may be linked with spurious arrangements with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The Five Eyes is a network that includes Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand.
Testifying before the US- China Economic and Security Review Commission, former CIA analyst Peter Mattis revealed that Labour Party’s Jacinda Ardern may have accepted campaign funding from donors that allegedly had links to the CCP. Mattis also said that former Prime Minister Bill English may have oriented a National MP who allegedly worked with an agency that trained Chinese spies:
“Australia and New Zealand both face substantial problems with interference by the Chinese Communist Party. In both cases, the CCP has gotten very close to or inside the political core, if you will, of both countries. The primary difference between the two has simply been their reaction.”
“In New Zealand, both the last Prime Minister, Bill English and Jacinda Ardern have denied that there’s a problem at all. 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.”
Labour Party President Nigel Haworth took the cudgels to defend the allegations of Mattis:
“All party donations over $15,000, including who they are from, are listed on the Electoral Commission website for anyone to inspect.”
National leader Simon Bridges thought it absurd that the former Prime Minister and National leader Bill English would share information that would compromise the security and integrity of New Zealand:
“I haven’t seen any suggestion of this Chinese influence. New Zealand has strong international relations and robust processes in place to ensure our political processes are completely independent of any other country.”