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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugged two Canadians who landed in Canada on Saturday following a high-stakes prisoner swap involving China, the US and Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands with Foreign Minister Marc Garneau to announce that Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been released from detention in China, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugged two Canadians who landed in Canada on Saturday following a high-stakes prisoner swap involving China, the US and Canada.
Trudeau greets Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor after their plane landed in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday morning. The men were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng on a US extradition request. Many countries have called China’s actions “hostage politics.”

Live footage on news network CTV showed the two men being hugged by Trudeau on the tarmac in the morning.

The two left China just after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies struck a deal with the US Department of Justice on fraud charges and flew from Canada to China.
A series of events involving global powers abruptly ended the legal and geopolitical strife that for the past three years had strained relations between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa. The three-way deal allows China and Canada to each take their detained nationals home while the US settles a criminal case against a top Chinese technology executive who for months has been mired in an extradition fight.

The first activity occurred Friday afternoon when Meng Wanzhou, 49, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of the company’s founder, reached a deal with federal prosecutors calling for the fraud charges against her to be dismissed next year and allow her to return to China. direct. As part of the deal, known as the suspended prosecution agreement, he accepted responsibility for misrepresenting the company’s business dealings in Iran.

“These two men have gone through very difficult trials. Over the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by that,” Trudeau said at a hastily called press conference on Friday evening.

News of Meng’s delayed return was a top item on China’s internet and in broadcaster CCTV’s midday news report, without mentioning Kovrig and Spavor’s releases.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reposted on social media a report about Meng having left Canada, adding “Welcome home.”
Videos are also circulating online of Meng speaking at Vancouver International Airport, saying; “Thank you motherland, thank you to the people of motherland. You have been my biggest pillar of support. ”

The deal comes as President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have sought to dampen signs of public tension — even as the world’s two dominant economies are at loggerheads on issues such as cybersecurity, climate change, human rights, and trade and tariffs. Biden said in a speech to the UN General Assembly earlier this week that he had no intention of starting a “new Cold War,” while Xi told world leaders that disputes between nations “need to be addressed through dialogue and cooperation.”

“The US government supports the international community in welcoming the decision by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China to release Canadian nationals Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after more than two and a half years of arbitrary detention. We are delighted they are returning to Canada,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

As part of the deal with Meng, which was unveiled in federal court in Brooklyn, the Justice Department agreed to dismiss the fraud charges against her in December 2022—exactly four years after her arrest—provided she complied with certain conditions, including not resisting. one of the government’s factual accusations. The Justice Department also agreed to drop its request for Meng’s extradition to the United States, which it vehemently opposes, ending a process that prosecutors said could take months.

After appearing via videoconference for his New York trial, Meng made a brief court appearance in Vancouver, where he was out on bail living in a multimillion-dollar mansion while two Canadians were held in a Chinese prison cell where the lights remained on. 24 hours a day.
Outside the courtroom, Meng thanked the Canadian government for upholding the rule of law, thanked the Canadian people and apologized “for the inconvenience I caused.”

“For the last three years my life has been turned upside down,” he said. “It was a disturbing time for me as a mother, a wife and as a company executive. But I believe every cloud has a silver lining. It was a very valuable experience in my life. I will never forget all the good wishes I received.”

Shortly thereafter, Meng departed on an Air China flight to Shenzhen, China, where Huawei’s headquarters are located.

Huawei is the largest global supplier of network equipment to telephone and internet companies. It has become a symbol of China’s progress in becoming a tech world power — and the subject of US security and law enforcement concerns. Some analysts say Chinese companies have violated international rules and norms and stolen technology.

The case against Meng stems from a January 2019 indictment from the Trump administration’s Justice Department that accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. The indictment also accuses Meng herself of fraud by misleading HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

The charges come amid a broader Trump administration crackdown on Huawei over US government concerns that the company’s products could facilitate Chinese spying. The administration cut off Huawei’s access to US components and technology, including Google music and other smartphone services, and then banned vendors worldwide from using US technology to manufacture components for Huawei.

The Biden White House, meanwhile, has maintained a hard line on Huawei and other Chinese companies whose technology it deems poses a national security risk.
Huawei has repeatedly denied allegations by the US government and security concerns about its products.

Meng has long opposed the Justice Department’s extradition request, with her lawyer calling the case flawed and alleging that she was used as a “bargaining chip” in political games. They cited a 2018 interview in which then-President Donald Trump said he would be willing to intervene in the case if it would help secure a trade deal with China or aid US security interests.

Last month, a Canadian judge delayed a decision on whether Meng should be extradited to the US after a Canadian Justice Department lawyer settled her case saying there was enough evidence to show she was dishonest and deserved to be tried in the US.

Comfort Ero, interim vice president of the International Crisis Group, Kovrig’s company, said they had waited more than 1,000 days for the news.

“Michael Kovrig is free. To Beijing: We welcome this fairest decision. To Ottawa: Thank you for your unwavering support for our partners. To the United States: Thank you for your willingness to support our allies and colleagues. To the inimitable, tireless and inspiring Michael Kovrig, welcome home!” said Ero in a statement.

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