WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier admitted a registration mistake turned back a flight to China over the weekend, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say Monday that politics were not involved. The agency said the Chinese company’s equipment posed a “significant network security risk.”Under the previous conservative government, New Zealand had fostered much closer ties with China. And under Ardern, New Zealand has embraced a warmer relationship with Japan. Since taking office in 2017, Ardern has yet to make a long-promised official visit to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “These customers have now since arrived in Shanghai.”Air New Zealand did not immediately respond to further questions on the incident.
Source: Washington Post February 11, 2019 05:45 UTC