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New Zealand Says China's Huawei Hasn't Been Ruled Out of 5G

  • ‘There’s been no final decision here yet,’ PM Ardern Says
  • Softer tone comes amid signs of strain in NZ-China ties
Jacinda Ardern
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New Zealand’s government is holding the door open for China’s Huawei Technologies Co. to help develop the nation’s 5G network, amid concerns the issue is fraying ties between the two nations.

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