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International relations

Xi meets with New Zealand prime minister to court US ally

Beijing aims to drive wedge into Five Eye intelligence pact

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 1. The countries have been at odds over the security risk posed by Chinese communications products.   © Reuters

BEIJING/SYDNEY -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Beijing Monday as he tried to poke holes in a U.S.-led intelligence alliance that seeks to exclude Chinese communication devices from 5-G networks.

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