New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trip will focus on economic ties, but she will also address sensitive issues such as Beijing’s treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang. Photo: AP

Trade and Xinjiang on the agenda for New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in China

  • Prime minister will meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang as she looks to repair rough patches in the relationship – especially over Huawei
  • An upgrade to the nations’ free-trade deal will also be discussed, along with combating climate change
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trip will focus on economic ties, but she will also address sensitive issues such as Beijing’s treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang. Photo: AP
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing amid tensions over Huawei

  • In announcing the trip to China – her first since taking office – Ardern highlighted the significance of the visit, but did not address the Huawei spat
  • New Zealand’s intelligence agency last November halted plans for Chinese-owned Huawei to participate in a proposed 5G network, citing “significant security risks”, incurring Beijing’s wrath
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: AFP
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