WELLINGTON: New Zealand will independently assess the risk of using China's Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday after a report suggested British measures could be used by other nations.
Huawei, the world's largest producer of telecommunications equipment, is facing intensive investigations in the West over the relationship with the Chinese government and US occasions that the equipment can be used by Beijing for espionage.
No public evidence has been given, and the firm has repeatedly denied the allegations, which have led several Western countries to restrict Huawei's access to its markets.
On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the British government had decided that it could reduce the risk of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks. It was said that Britain's conclusion would "be of great importance" with European leaders and other nations using similar precautions.
In November, Norway's intelligence agency rejected an initial request from telecommunications provider Spark to use 5G equipment provided by Huawei.
At that time, the Government Communications Security Agency (GCSB) provided Spark options to reduce national security issues in relation to the use of Huawei equipment, Ardern said on Monday.
"The ball is now in court," she said a weekly news conference.
Ardern said New Zealand, a member of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, which includes the United Kingdom and the United States, would carry out its own assessment.
"I expect GCSB to search with our legislation and our own security assessments. It is fair to say Five Eyes, of course, share information, but we make our own independent decisions," she says.
Huawei New Zealand did not respond Immediately upon a request for comment, Spark said it was in discussions with GCSB officials.
"We are working through the possible measures we may be able to address to address the concerns raised by GCSB and have yet to make a decision. about whether or when to submit a revised proposal to the GCSB, "spokesman Andrew Pirie said in an email dismissal. potential strained ties with an important trading partner.
Ardern's planned first visit to Beijing has met planning problems, and China has in fo Last week, a major tourism campaign was postponed in New Zealand days before launch.
Ardern said the government's relationship with China was strong despite some complex problems.
"Visits are not a measure of the health of a relationship they are only a small part of it," she said, adding that trade and D tourism ties remain strong.