On Fri, 23 Apr 2021 22:52:44 -0700 (PDT), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers
Plenty of political, economic and security implications for any genuine debater to get his teeth into.
At first sight it looks to me like realpolitik in play, with an eye on the mid-term future of the global economy very much at the heart of it.
From near the end of the article:
"Ciaran Martin, the former chief executive of the National
Cybersecurity Centre, part of GCHQ, has said that the idea that New
Zealand had endangered the foundations of the network was to
misunderstand its specific security role. He wrote on Twitter: Five
Eyes governments could choose to expand the alliance for example
coordinate foreign policy on China. But they have not, yet, and it
would be a huge change in how the Five Eyes works. For now, New
Zealand is not opposing anything anyone has actually (publicly)
The fuss seems to be a bit of a beat up - perhaps designed to attack
Jacinda Ardern who has embarrassed some other leaders by being a
conspiuously better leader in terms of Covid-19. Certainly New Zealand
has for quite a few years now taken a relatively independent foreign
policy - and to imply that participating in joint intelligence
gathering means that participation covers foreign policy is farcical -
especially given the lack of any cohesion on foreign policy within the
five eyes alliance under Trump . . .