Five Eyes in­tel­li­gence al­liance builds coali­tion to counter China

Daily Messenger - - International -

BER­LIN: The five na­tions in the world’s lead­ing in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing net­work have been ex­chang­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion on China’s for­eign ac­tiv­i­ties with other like-minded coun­tries since the start of the year, seven of­fi­cials in four cap­i­tals said.

The in­creased co­op­er­a­tion by the Five Eyes al­liance - group­ing Aus­tralia, Bri­tain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - with coun­tries such as Ger­many and Ja­pan is a sign of a broad­en­ing in­ter­na­tional front against Chi­nese in­flu­ence op­er­a­tions and in­vest­ments.

Some of the of­fi­cials, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the talks, said the en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion amounted to an in­for­mal ex­pan­sion of the Five Eyes group on the spe­cific is­sue of for­eign in­ter­fer­ence.

While China has been the main fo­cus, dis­cus­sions have also touched on Rus­sia, sev­eral said.

“Con­sul­ta­tions with our al­lies, with like-minded part­ners, on how to re­spond to China’s as­sertive in­ter­na­tional strat­egy have been fre­quent and are gath­er­ing mo­men­tum,” a U.S. of­fi­cial told Reuters.

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