Huawei: New Zealand needs us like rugby needs the All Blacks

Joanna Estrada
February 15, 2019

The advertisement reads: "5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand", referring to the upcoming nationwide rollout of the mobile technology.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Globe Telecom president and chief executive Ernest Lawrence Cu said potential threats Huawei poses to national security were exaggerated "to a certain extent", and plans are in place to roll out 5G services in collaboration with Huawei and other firms.

The US, Australia, Japan, the UK, India, Germany and Italy have raised concerns or issued bans on the use of Huawei 5G technology.

Huawei New Zealand said there was no evidence the company had done anything wrong and the ban may prevent Kiwis using the best possible network.

A New Zealand seafood exporter has struck problems in getting its produce into China, in what could be a sign of increasing tension.

The advertisement comes at a time when relations between the small Commonwealth country and its largest trading partner and Asia's dominant economy are already under strain.

The government said Huawei's left field move, playing on New Zealanders' love of rugby, would not affect policy decisions.

Last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's first official visit to China was delayed indefinitely, and a major tourism function between the two countries has also been postponed, following reports that China would not send any government legislators to the glitzy Wellington event.

An article published in the English version of China's People's Daily Newspaper suggests New Zealand has fallen out of favour with Chinese travellers.

China is turning up the heat on New Zealand, threatening our booming tourism industry will take a lashing on the back of the Huawei saga.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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