New Zealand PM: Air NZ flight incident will not impact China ties

New Zealand PM: Air NZ flight incident will not impact China ties

New Zealand PM: Air NZ flight incident will not impact China ties

"Air New Zealand has been very open about the fact that there is a requirement from China's end for planes going into China to be registered".

"NZ289 Auckland to Shanghai returned to Auckland around four and a half to five hours into its journey after it was discovered a technicality meant the particular aircraft operating this service did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China", it said in a statement Monday.

An Air New Zealand flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back on Saturday (Feb. 9) by Chinese authorities because it referred to Taiwan as a country, reported Stuff.

Reuters points out that all - the airline, New Zealand government and Chinese authorities - claim the return was to do with "some administrative issue".

China and New Zealand were quick to downplay the controversy.

When asked to comment on the issue by the news agency, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denied that it was an indication of strained relations between China and her country, and was instead due to administrative issues.

"As is required, the application includes a list of destinations the airline operates to, including Taipei", Air New Zealand said, without elaborating.

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This was a plane flying in the middle of the night, on weekend, to a country which only a few years ago blocked all meat imports from New Zealand for more than a week because the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries had been rebranded the Ministry for Primary Industries, meaning export paperwork changed slightly.

Opposition National Party leader Simon Bridges blamed Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters for "steadily deteriorating relations" with China, and said the ties were at the worst ever.

An opening ceremony event was to be held at Te Papa on February 20, coinciding with the hosting of 2,300-year-old Chinese artefacts, the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition.

"Personally, I think, that's disappointing", she added.

"Our relationship with China is a complex relationship and sometimes it will have its challenges", Ardern told TVNZ in an interview.

The exhibition - featuring eight warriors standing 180 cm tall, and two full-size horses from the terracotta army, as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots - opened to the public on December 15 in the run-up to the beginning of 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism.

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