The Daily Telegraph

Asian coun­tries could join Five Eyes al­liance, says Wal­lace

- By Danielle Sheri­dan European Politics · Politics · Wallace · United Kingdom · Five Eyes · China · Tories (British political faction) · United States of America · Canada · Australia · New Zealand · Asia · Beijing · Boris Johnson · Metropolitan Police Service · Huawei · Mad Men

BEN WAL­LACE has said that the UK is look­ing to ex­pand the Five Eyes al­liance by re­cruit­ing more coun­tries in or­der to “send a mes­sage to China”.

The De­fence Sec­re­tary told a Con­ser­va­tive­home event at the Tory party con­fer­ence that the UK would look to part­ner with other coun­tries as part of the in­tel­li­gence al­liance which con­sists of the US, UK, Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

He said: “We would ab­so­lutely con­tinue to ex­plore more work­ing with new part­ners in Asia, and deep­en­ing our Five Eyes. Mu­tual help and mu­tual sig­nalling about stand­ing by each other is re­ally im­por­tant for us send­ing a mes­sage to China.

“We are al­ready work­ing around some Asia group­ings that al­low in­ter­na­tional ob­servers or in­deed part­ner sta­tus. So we will be do­ing more of that.”

Re­la­tions have been strained be­tween Bei­jing and the UK af­ter Boris John­son bowed to the de­mands of back­bench MPS in July, and banned Huawei from the 5G net­work, with the agree­ment to strip out all of its ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc­ture over the next few years.

Ear­lier this year, Mr Wal­lace wrote in this news­pa­per that the UK will bol­ster

its abil­ity to fend off threats from China in space. He has pre­vi­ously said that the UK needs to be able to fight wars with­out lean­ing on the US.

Mr Wal­lace has also said that rather than al­ways ex­pect­ing to go into con­flicts in coali­tion with the US, “we are go­ing to have to make de­ci­sions that al­low us to stand with a range of al­lies, the Five Eyes and our Euro­pean al­lies where our in­ter­ests con­verge”.

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