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New Zealand: Intelligence Agency Blocks Chinese 5G Bid

1 MIN READNov 28, 2018 | 17:24 GMT

What Happened: New Zealand's Communications Security Bureau, citing national security risks, has blocked the country's largest telecommunications carrier, Spark, from using equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei in its 5G network, The Straits Times reported Nov. 28.

Why It Matters: The development is part of a broader trend among Western countries to curb China's 5G expansion, particularly as the United States is attempting to collaborate with its allies to bar Chinese vendors from supplying 5G technology to them.

Background: New Zealand's decision comes after the United States and Australia blocked Chinese companies from supplying 5G technology. The German government is currently in talks to follow suit, with Washington reportedly pressuring Japan and Italy to do the same.

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