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New Zealand's Huawei ban reveals difficulty of trade war neutrality

Wellington bows to US pressure on 5G despite trade talks with Beijing

The U.S. has lobbied allies to keep Huawei equipment out of their planned 5G wireless networks.   © Reuters

WELLINGTON -- The clash between the U.S. and China over trade and technology is pushing Asia-Pacific countries to choose sides, exemplified this week by New Zealand's move to block China's Huawei Technologies from contributing to its 5G mobile network.

It was not a decision Wellington could take lightly.

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