/ 27 September 2021

Canadian ‘hostages’ home as Huawei exec returns to China

Image source: AFP

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has arrived back in China to a hero’s welcome after 3 years in custody in Canada. She’s the daughter of the massive Chinese technology and telecoms company’s founder Ren Zhengfei, and she was arrested in Canada in 2018 at the request of the US over allegations of fraud. China was livid and arrested several Canadians, including ‘the 2 Michaels’. Far less funny than the 2 Ronnies, Michael Spavor (a business consultant) and Michael Kovrig (a former diplomat) were arrested for “endangering national security”. Long story short, US prosecutors did a deal with Meng that saw her released on Friday, and China released the Michaels and allowed them to go home. Critics of China say the men’s release shows hostage diplomacy was behind their detention all along. 

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