Huawei top woman Meng Wanzhou has been received as a national hero in homeland China. A welcome committee was on hand at Shenzhen Airport, the city where Huawei headquarters is located. The red carpet was rolled out, a delegation waved with Chinese flags and sang Chinese-nationalist songs.
Meng, the daughter of Huaweis founder, spent nearly three years in Canada under house arrest. She was arrested in 2018 at the request of the US, which her suspects of violating the trade embargo against Iran. Last night, Meng was released after a deal with the U.S. prosecutor. The two Canadians who were prisoners in China were also given permission to go home.
Mengs arrival in Shenzhen was broadcast live on Chinese state television. It showed her thanking President Xi Jinping and the Communist Government for supporting her house arrest. “During this difficult period, I have always felt the warmth and care of the party, the nation and the people,” Meng said in a statement.
Check out Mengs arrival at Shenzhen Airport below:
The two Canadians are also home by now. Diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor were trapped in a Chinese prison for nearly three years, on suspicion of espionage. One of them was sentenced to eleven years in prison last month. The Canadians imprisonment led to a diplomatic riot between Canada, the US and China.
Today the men arrived in the Canadian city of Calgary. There they were received by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“These men have had to go through an incredibly difficult ordeal,” Trudeau said in a press conference about their release. “Over the past 1000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and mercy.”
US Secretary of State Blinken welcomed the release of Canadians. “After more than two years of random captivity, were happy to have their homecoming to Canada.”