Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Ming-yen confirmed during a legislative session in Taipei that the country has been maintaining “real-time” intelligence sharing with the “Five Eyes” alliance, which includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The confirmation came after an opposition lawmaker, Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chen I-hsin, inquired about Taiwan’s engagement with the signals intelligence-sharing group.
Chen mentioned that he had noticed the NSB upgrading its computer equipment in the past two years to match the standards of intelligence units in foreign countries. He asked Tsai whether these efforts to enhance the NSB’s computer systems could facilitate better connections with the Five Eyes alliance. In response, Tsai confirmed that funds had been allocated to establish an “instant online reporting and communication mechanism” with foreign countries, and the NSB would share and receive intelligence from the Five Eyes alliance via “a secure and encrypted system.”
The legislative session also addressed the NSB’s measures in preparation for Taiwan’s presidential election next year, including countering potential Chinese attempts at electoral interference. Tsai’s confirmation of real-time intelligence sharing with the Five Eyes alliance highlights the country’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its security and global partnerships.