"Family and supporters of two diplomatic hostages held in China for almost
three years have celebrated their arrival home in Canada, as the woman they
were traded for, Meng Wanzhou, was given a hero's welcome in the city of
The trio's return to their respective homes caps a historic three-year standoff
between the world's two superpowers, with Canada and the Chinese company Huawei
caught in the middle.
Upon arriving home to Calgary, one of the two Canadians Michael Kovrig said
"It’s fantastic to be back home in Canada".
He'd endured more than a thousand days locked in a Chinese prison with limited
access to lawyers and no ability to speak to visitors outside of a monthly
Meng Wanzhou, the wealthy daughter of Huawei's boss Ren Zhengfei sometimes
dubbed a princess by Chinese media, told Chinese state TV as she departed
Canada: "If it wasn't for a strong motherland, I wouldn't have my freedom
She had earlier thanked the Canadian government "for upholding the rule of
law", after being freed to leave Canada when US prosecutors suddenly abandoned
their three-year effort to extradite her to the US.
She was wanted for bank and wire fraud charges relating to Huawei's alleged
efforts to subvert US sanctions and sell equipment to Iran."
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