China welcomes Huawei executive house, but remains silent on freed Canadians

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese state media welcomed telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou back to the “homeland” on Saturday, September 25, after more than 1,000 days of house arrest in Canada, on what they called baseless charges of bank fraud.

But they kept silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians released from Chinese detention in an apparent act of reciprocity from Beijing.

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China’s state-owned CCTV broadcaster broadcast a statement from the Huawei executive, written as its plane flew over the North Pole, avoiding US airspace.

Her eyes were “blurry with tears” as she approached “the embrace of the great homeland,” Meng said.

“Without a strong homeland, I wouldn’t have the freedom I have today.”

Meng was arrested in December 2018 in Vancouver after a New York court issued an arrest warrant, claiming she tried to cover up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions.

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After more than two years of legal wrangling, she was finally allowed to leave Canada and return to China on Friday, after reaching a deal with U.S. prosecutors.

Huawei, founded by Meng’s father, Ren Zhengfei, said in a statement that it “looks forward to seeing Ms. Meng return home safely to reunite with her family.”

He said he would continue to defend himself against the US charges.

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