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China's Wang Yi dismisses West's Five Eyes as Cold War relic

In Seoul, top diplomat slams possible expansion of intelligence-sharing alliance

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, meets his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in Seoul on Sept. 15.   © Yonhap via Reuters

SEOUL -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday condemned Western countries' Five Eyes intelligence alliance as a Cold War relic, preemptively pushing back against U.S. moves to include other countries like South Korea in the network.

While visiting Seoul, Wang was asked what he thinks of the prospect of South Korea joining the Five Eyes, as proposed in draft legislation in the U.S. In response, the minister told reporters the alliance "is completely a product of the Cold War -- it is left behind already."

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