Launched Huawei’s biggest woman was hailed as a champion in China
China has welcomed Canadian Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou as a hero. At the airport in her hometown of Shenzhen, Meng’s red carpet was laid down and a group of people sang patriotic songs to her.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV had previously issued a statement from Meng while she was still on the flight to China. In her words, tears welled up in her eyes as she “approached the bosom of the great motherland.” “Without a strong homeland, I would not have the freedom that I have today,” said the first lady.
However, the Chinese media kept silent about the release of the two Canadians who were imprisoned in China in retaliation. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the two men on Saturday in Calgary.
Meng was allowed to leave Canada after being under house arrest for nearly three years. There she was waiting to be extradited to the United States, who wanted her to be tried for fraud and conspiracy. The US judiciary closed a deal with her on Friday. Thus the charges against Huawei’s chief financial officer were dropped.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada in 2018. The United States accused her of lying about business contacts with an Iranian company that is under US sanctions.
Meng’s arrest put significant strains on relations between China on the one hand and the United States and Canada on the other. Shortly after her arrest, the Canadians were detained by China.
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