A Chinese state-owned newspaper has called Canada and the Five Eyes security alliance an “axis of white supremacy” in a recent editorial.

The editorial published by the Global Times in late February claims the alliance of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand is an alliance built on oppressing Chinese people.

“They have formed a US-centred, racist, and mafia-styled community, wilfully [sic] and arrogantly provoking China and trying to consolidate their hegemony as all gangsters do,” the Global Times wrote.

“They are becoming a racist axis aimed at stifling the development rights of 1.4 billion Chinese.”

The Global Times is an English-language Chinese newspaper operated by the People’s Republic of China. 

The state media editorial is a response to the motion passed by House of Commons to declare China’s treatment of Muslim minorities to be a genocide. The motion also called on the Beijing 2022 Olympics to be relocated from China.

The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance to share security information and coordinate intelligence work. In the past year, the alliance has worked together to limit Chinese telecommunication firm Huawei’s influence in member states.

Canada is the only member of the Five Eyes not to ban or restrict Huawei.

The Global Times claims the Five Eyes is racist because all five member states were founded on Anglo-Saxon culture. Citing statements by U.S. politicians, the paper appears to suggest opposing the Chinese regime in any way is white supremacy.

“Those countries share the Anglo-Saxon civilization. The Five Eyes countries have been brought together by the US to become the ‘center of the West.’ They have a strong sense of civilization superiority,” they wrote.

“Global diplomacy in the 21st century must not be hijacked by a fake international community with an axis of white supremacy. We cannot allow their selfishness to masquerade as the common morality of the world, and they cannot set the agenda of mankind.”