New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Britain has agreed to work with Huawei on a 5G network

Britain has agreed to work with Huawei on a 5G network

New Zealand's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, in November stopped telecommunications company Spark from using Huawei 5G equipment, citing significant national security risks.

But Kiwi policymakers have held that Huawei has never been banned from the country and that the issue is with the particular technology being proposed, not the company or its country of origin. "They have done so and have gone back to Spark. and said to them there are concerns, your option now is to mitigate those and that is the place in the process where we currently are", Ardern told The AM Show New Zealand.

New Zealand officials will now finalise the discussion document on the matter, which is likely to be publicly released by May. "The GCSB have raised concerns, that is in the public domain", she added. Spark confirmed talks were under way but said it would was yet to decide whether to submit a revised 5G plan.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday her government is working through a process and the Chinese company could still be involved if Spark can satisfy the GCSB's concerns.

"China has actively signed free trade agreements with neighbors and other countries in and out of the region, aiming to find out ways to work together", Shipley wrote in her op-ed article, headlined "We need to learn to listen to China".

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Her comments came after China accused the US of trying to block the country's industrial development, and British media reported that United Kingdom intelligence agencies found it's possible to limit the security risks of using Huawei.

Ardern's comments also come at a time that New Zealand's relationship with China, its largest trading partner, is under scrutiny.

Signs of strain in the relationship with China have put the New Zealand government under pressure. The bilateral ties are robust and mature and the two sides could manage their differences in a mature and respectful way.

A number of seemingly minor hitches in relations with China have emerged in recent weeks, which some observers say collectively amounts to Beijing sending a message of displeasure.

They include an Air New Zealand aircraft being turned back on a flight to Shanghai over faulty paperwork, cancellation of a tourism reception in Wellington and Ardern's long-awaited trip to China being delayed by "scheduling issues".

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