China Threatens 'Five Eyes' Intelligence Group: 'Be Careful Not to Get Poked Blind'

China Threatens 'Five Eyes' Intelligence Group: 'Be Careful Not to Get Poked Blind'


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday issued a stern warning to the Five Eyes intelligence group — an international intelligence-sharing bloc consisting of Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States — after it condemned Beijing’s move to disqualify four opposition leaders in the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo).

“No matter how many ‘eyes’ you have, be careful not to be poked and get blind by harming China’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Zhao asserted.

On November 11, LegCo, now a firmly pro-China institution, expelled four opposition members under a Beijing-imposed measure enabling the local government to remove legislators should they “support Hong Kong’s independence or refuse to acknowledge China’s sovereignty over the city.” Removal does not require a trial of any sort.

Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki, and Dennis Kwok Wing-hang — all Civic Party members — and Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, of the Professionals Guild, lost their seats in

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