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New Zealand tourism faces Huawei backlash from China

Wellington's 5G snub puts the economy at risk, experts say

China is the largest export market and second largest source of foreign tourists for New Zealand.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/HONG KONG -- New Zealand has felt the wrath of China, its largest export market and second largest source of foreign tourists, with many scholars calling it a backlash for the South Pacific country's snubbing of Huawei Technologies.

Earlier this week Beijing abruptly announced it had postponed a tourism event scheduled for next week in Wellington. Although the event, meant to usher in a "year of tourism," had been in the works for years, Beijing cited a scheduling snafu for the postponement.

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