Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday, ending his three-year US extradition battle, the same day that two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home, potentially fighting both China and China. paved the way for better relations between Western Allies.
Meng, daughter of Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei Technologieswas allowed to go home on Friday after reaching a settlement with US prosecutors to end a bank fraud case against him.
The extradition drama has been a central source of discord between Beijing and Washington, with Chinese officials indicating the case had to be dropped to help end the diplomatic standoff.
Two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities just days after Meng’s arrest – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – were hugged on the tarmac by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after landing in Calgary.
“You have shown incredible strength, resilience and perseverance,” Trudeau said in a Twitter post. “Know that Canadians across the country will be here for you, just as they have been.”
In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Meng wore a patriotic red dress as she exited a plane to be greeted by well-wishers.
“I am finally back home,” the Granthshala Times tabloid, backed by the ruling Communist Party, quoted Meng as saying. “Waiting in a foreign country was full of agony. The moment my feet touched the ceramic, I was speechless.”
Chinese state media welcomed Meng back but were silent about Kovrig and Spavor, who were released hours after Meng on Friday.
Huawei said in a statement that it “looks forward to Ms. Meng returning home safely to be reunited with her family.” It said it would continue to defend itself against the US allegations.
The agreement opened US President Joe Biden to criticism of Washington’s China Hawk, who argues that his administration has placed China and one of its top companies at the center of the Granthshala technology rivalry between the two countries.
Some Republican senators strongly condemned Meng’s release and urged the White House to address the issue to the US Congress.
“Ms Meng’s release raises serious questions about President Biden’s ability and willingness to confront the threat posed by Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party,” Marco Rubio said in a text message to Reuters.
Senator Jim Risk said in a statement that the deal was “a victory for one of the most brutal and brutal regimes in the world” and would encourage the Communist Party to “use other foreign nationals as bargaining chips as it now knows.” that taking hostage is a successful way to get what he wants.”
Some Chinese commentators felt otherwise.
“By agreeing to allow Meng to return to China, the Biden administration is signaling that it hopes to address the mess left by the former Trump administration,” said Wu Shinbo, dean of the Institute for International Studies at Fudan University.
‘Blurred with tears’
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV had a statement from Meng, which said his plane had blown over the North Pole while avoiding US airspace. Meng said her eyes were “blurred with tears” as she approached “the embrace of the great motherland”.
Meng was detained in December 2018 after a New York court in Vancouver issued an arrest warrant that said he had tried to counter Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. Tried to cover.
Acting US Attorney Nicole Boeckman said Meng had taken responsibility for his “leading role in perpetuating the plan to defraud a Granthshala financial institution.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the allegations against her were “fabricated” for suppressing the country’s high-tech industries.
At the airport in Meng’s hometown of Shenzhen, crowds of well-wishers raised patriotic slogans and put up red banners to welcome his return.
“The fact that Meng Wanzhou cannot be declared guilty is a major victory in politics and diplomacy for the people in China,” said Liu Dan, who was in the crowd.
State news agency Xinhua blamed the “tireless efforts of the Chinese government” for Meng’s release.
Granthshala Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote on Twitter that “international relations have fallen into chaos” as a result of Meng’s “traumatic three years”.
“Arbitrarily detaining Chinese people is not allowed,” he said.
However, neither Hu nor other local media have mentioned Spavor and Kovrig’s release, and reactions on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platforms are few and far between.
China’s foreign ministry has not publicly commented.
China has previously denied engaging in “hostage diplomacy”, insisting that the arrests and detentions of Canadians were in no way tied to the proceedings against Meng.
Spavor was charged with providing photographs of military equipment to Kovrig and was sentenced in August to 11 years in prison. Kovrig was still awaiting sentencing.
(Reporting by David Kirton in Shenzhen and David Stanway in Shanghai; Additional reporting by Yu Lun Tian and Denny Thomas, and Michael Martina and Lucia Muticani in Washington; Writing by Denny Thomas; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, William Mallard, Jane Merriman and Daniel Wallis )