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World Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou hailed as hero upon return to China

10:15  26 september  2021
10:15  26 september  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Could Return to China After Reaching Deal With DOJ

  Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Could Return to China After Reaching Deal With DOJ The Justice Department submitted a letter saying it would address "a resolution of the charges against the defendant in this matter" at a hearing.Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the company's founder, has reached a resolution known as a deferred prosecution. In the deal, a defendant must agree to abide by certain conditions in exchange for the Justice Department ultimately dropping the case.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou , who spent nearly three years in house arrest in Canada, returned home late Saturday, ending a prolonged extradition fight with the United States and sparking an outburst of national pride in China , where her release has been portrayed as a diplomatic victory for Beijing.

Huawei 's Meng Wanzhou flew to Shenzhen on Saturday evening, hours after two Canadians freed by China had gone back. In 2018 China accused Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig of espionage, denying detaining them was in retaliation for Ms Meng 's arrest. The apparent swap brings to an end a damaging diplomatic row between Beijing and the West. Mr Spavor and Mr Kovrig arrived in the western city of Calgary just before 06:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and were met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ms Meng touched down in Shenzhen, China , a couple of hours later, greeted by crowds

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who spent nearly three years in house arrest in Canada, returned home late Saturday, ending a prolonged extradition fight with the United States and sparking an outburst of national pride in China, where her release has been portrayed as a diplomatic victory for Beijing.

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou waves as she steps out of an airplane after arriving at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen, China, on September 26. © Jin Liwang/Xinhua/AP Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou waves as she steps out of an airplane after arriving at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen, China, on September 26. Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper, the Ping An Finance Centre, is lit up with a message welcoming Meng Wanzhou home. © Visual China Group/Getty Images Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper, the Ping An Finance Centre, is lit up with a message welcoming Meng Wanzhou home.

Meng, who was wanted by US federal prosecutors for fraud charges related to alleged Iran sanction violations, was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018. Beijing has called it a political arrest by the former Trump administration, and repeatedly demanded she be released.

Huawei executive held in Canada to walk free after DOJ agrees to defer prosecution

  Huawei executive held in Canada to walk free after DOJ agrees to defer prosecution A top Huawei executive will soon walk free in Canada and be able to return to China after the Biden Justice Department agreed to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Chinese military-linked company and acquiesced to ending the United States’s extradition request. © Provided by Washington Examiner Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities in December 2018 at the request of the U.S., indicted in the Eastern District of New York in January 2019, and charged with bank fraud and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to commit both, but she will soon walk free and return to China.

Chinese business executive . Meng Wanzhou (THE CANADIAN PRESS). US prosecutors have reached a deal to allow Huawei ’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to return home to China after three years detained in Canada, according to reports. US officials have long accused Huawei of using its global clout to spy on other countries for the Chinese government, with which it has a close relationship. Huawei strenuously denies that, claiming the US is cynically targeting it as a tool of foreign policy. After Ms Meng ’s arrest, China detained two Canadian citizens, businessman Michael Spavor

Huawei ’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday after ending her three-year U.S. extradition case. On the same day that two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, detained by Beijing, returned home. What Happened: On Friday, daughter of Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng was given permission to go home after agreeing with prosecutors in the U.S. to end a bank fraud case. According to Chinese officials, the case had to be dropped to mend ties between Beijing and Washington. The so-called “hostage diplomacy” comes two weeks after U.S

Her legal battle strained relations between China, the United States and Canada, especially after Beijing detained two Canadians following Meng's arrest -- a move widely interpreted as political retaliation.

On Friday, Meng was allowed to go home after reaching an agreement with the US Department of Justice to defer her prosecution until late 2022, after which point her charges could be dropped. Hours after her release, the two Canadians detained by China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were also freed.

Crowds hold banners and placards reading © Visual China Group/Getty Images Crowds hold banners and placards reading "welcome home Meng Wanzhou" as they wait for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport on September 25.

On Saturday evening, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where the tech giant Huawei is headquartered, rolled out a red carpet welcome for Meng, who arrived on a flight chartered by the Chinese government.

Huawei CFO flying back to China after deal with US prosecutors

  Huawei CFO flying back to China after deal with US prosecutors Years-long extradition drama has been a central source of discord in increasingly rocky ties between US and China.A person familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency that Meng was flying back to China on Friday night.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday, ending her near three-year U.S. extradition fight, the same day two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home, potentially paving the way for improved ties between China and the two western allies. Two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities just days after Meng 's arrest - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - were embraced on the tarmac by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after they landed in Calgary. "You've shown incredible strength, resilience, and perseverance," Trudeau

Meng Wanzhou arrived back in Shenzhen on Saturday evening. Photo: CCTV. State media is portraying her return as a sign of a strong, resilient country and a diplomatic victory for Beijing. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says actions of the United States and Canada regarding Meng were ‘typical arbitrary detentions’.

Wearing a red dress, Meng emerged from the plane without a face mask and waved to a crowd of more than 100 people waving Chinese flags and shouting "welcome home."

"I'm finally back home!" Meng said in a brief speech to those assembled on the tarmac, expressing gratitude to her "great motherland," the ruling Communist Party and, specifically, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"As an ordinary Chinese citizen who had suffered this plight and been stranded abroad for three years, there was never a moment where I did not feel the care and warmth of the Party, the motherland and the people," said Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei.

"Chairman Xi cares about the safety of every Chinese citizen, and he also keeps my situation on his mind. I am deeply moved."

Meng ended her speech vowing to uphold the leadership of Xi and the party, and pledging loyalty to her country.

Canadians home after Huawei CFO resolves US charges

  Canadians home after Huawei CFO resolves US charges TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugged two Canadians who landed in Canada on Saturday following what amounted to a high-stakes prisoner swap involving China, the U.S. and Canada. Trudeau greeted Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor after their plane landed in Calgary, Alberta early Saturday. The men were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng on a U.S. extradition request. Many countries labeled China’s action “hostage politics.” Live footage on CTV's news network showed the two men being hugged by Trudeau on the tarmac in the early morning.

Chinese telecoms executive Meng Wanzhou was freed after three years of house arrest in Canada, following an agreement with the US justice department to suspend the fraud charges against her that had poisoned Beijing’s relations with Washington and Ottawa. Meng – Huawei ’s chief financial officer and daughter of the giant corporation’s founder – was granted release in a Vancouver court hearing, hours after US prosecutors announced an agreement in New York. She then quickly boarded a flight to the city of Shenzhen, returning to China for the first time since her arrest in Vancouver’s international

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday following a legal settlement in the US. State broadcaster CCTV broadcast footage of Meng 's plane arriving at Shenzhen airport, with a crowd of several hundred people waiting to welcome the tech executive with bouquets of flowers. Meng has thanked the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for her release. "Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China , my motherland is becoming stronger and more prosperous day by day," Meng wrote on social media platform WeChat while traveling home. "Without a strong motherland, I would not have

"Where there is a Chinese flag, there is a beacon of faith," she said emotionally. "If faith has a color, it must be China red."

While Meng had repeatedly called herself an "ordinary Chinese" in the speech, the grand reception for her was anything but ordinary.

As her plane descended toward the airport, it was greeted by a special message from the control tower: "Here is China's Shenzhen Baoan Airport. The motherland is forever your most powerful support. Welcome back, Ms. Meng Wanzhou!"

Inside the arrival hall, hundreds of people gathered to welcome Meng. Holding national flags, flowers and banners, the crowd erupted in national pride, shouting slogans including "long live the motherland" and belting out patriotic songs.

Downtown, Shenzhen's tallest skyscrapers lit up with the message: "Welcome home Meng Wanzhou!"

And on China's internet, news about Meng's journey home riveted public attention and dominated discussions. Internet users tracked her flight across the Arctic Ocean, and tens of millions of people tuned in to watch state media's online livestream of her arrival (some ran on for six hours straight.)

Opinion: Canada has big decisions to make on China

  Opinion: Canada has big decisions to make on China Michael Bociurkiw writes that even if Michael Spavor and Robert Schellenberg, Canadian citizens recently sentenced by the Chinese government, are being used as leverage for Beijing to get Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou from Canada, the North American country must take a firm stance toward China.Meng is wanted by the United States on multiple serious charges, including bank fraud and violating US sanctions against Iran by selling telecom equipment. She was arrested in late 2018. Meng and Huawei have denied the allegations.

Many called her a national hero, and hailed her return as a symbol of China's victory over the West.

"The reason why (Meng's return) has drawn so much attention is that this is a diplomatic coup for China, and a manifestation of China's strength," said one of the top comments on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform.

In a commentary, Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily described Meng's homecoming as "a major victory of the Chinese people."

The commentary called Meng's case an act of "political persecution" by the US to "crack down on China's high-tech enterprises" and disrupt the country's progress.

"China does not stir up trouble, but it is also not afraid of trouble," it said. "Not a single force can shake the status of our great motherland. Not a single force can stop the advancing steps of China!"

The US case against Meng centered on whether she had misled banking giant HSBC about Huawei's relationship with an Iranian subsidiary, Skycom, which the US alleges could have put the bank at risk of sanctions violations.

State media reports highlighted that Meng pleaded not guilty, but left out her admission to the court that she had misrepresented Huawei's relationship with Skycom to HSBC.

"In entering into the deferred prosecution agreement, Meng has taken responsibility for her principal role in perpetrating a scheme to defraud a global financial institution," acting US Attorney Nicole Boeckmann said in a statement Friday -- which went largely unreported by Chinese state media.

'China's National Power' Behind Release of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou: State Media

  'China's National Power' Behind Release of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou: State Media Meng shared a similar sentiment on her way back to China, writing, "Without a strong native country, I would not have today's freedom."Meng, the chief financial officer for the telecom giant and daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, had been in Canadian custody since late 2018, awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face fraud charges. On Friday the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed to drop the charges against her.

Also conspicuously absent was any mention of the release of the two Canadians, Kovrig and Spavor. Some social media posts about their fate were also censored in China.

The two Michaels landed in Calgary, Alberta, before 6 a.m. Saturday local time, a couple of hours before Meng touched down in Shenzhen. They were welcomed on the tarmac by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"You've shown incredible strength, resilience, and perseverance," Trudeau said in a Twitter post. "Know that Canadians across the country will continue to be here for you, just as they have been."

Spavor, an entrepreneur with business ties to North Korea, and Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, were detained in China in December 2018, nine days after Meng was arrested while changing planes in Vancouver.

Beijing has repeatedly denied taking the two Canadians as political hostages, but observers and legal experts outside of China say the timing of their legal proceedings suggested otherwise.

Their hearings — held separately behind closed doors in March — were announced the day before the first high-level meeting between US and Chinese officials since Joe Biden came to office. And in August, just as Meng's extradition hearings entered their final stages in Vancouver, Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison for spying and illegally providing state secrets overseas. In the end, even their releases were timed just hours apart.

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The appeasement in Meng's case will now also invite further aggression. It is just one more disaster on an issue of vital significance, portending far worse.Ben Weingarten is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, fellow at the Claremont Institute and senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party (Bombardier, 2020). Ben is the founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and production company. Subscribe to his newsletter at bit.

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