Huawei’s chief financial officer has arrived in her home country of China, after her release in Canada, where she was held for nearly three years.
Meng boarded a plane bound for the city of “Shenzhen” Saturday evening, hours after the return of two Canadian citizens released by China.
In 2018, China accused the two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, of spying, and denied that their detention was in retaliation for the arrest of Ms. Meng.
The apparent exchange ends the diplomatic row between Beijing and the West.
Mr. Spavor and Mr. Kovrig arrived in Calgary shortly before 06:00 local time (12:00 GMT) where they were received by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Ms. Meng arrived in Shenzhen, China, about two hours later, and was greeted by crowds chanting: “Welcome home, Wanzhou!”
Meng Wanzhou was wanted on charges in the United States, but was released after a deal between Canada and US prosecutors.
Critics accused China of using Canadians as a political bargaining chip.
The two men maintained their innocence throughout. At a news conference on Friday, Trudeau said they had been through a “very difficult ordeal”.
He added, “It is good news for all of us that they are on their way to their homes and families. Over the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and resilience.”
The two men were accompanied on their return by Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China.
Before her release, Meng – the daughter of billionaire “Ren Zhengfei” founder of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei – admitted misleading US investigators about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.
The woman spent three years under house arrest in Canada, while she was fighting a legal battle to prevent her extradition to the United States.
Mr. Kovrig is a former diplomat working for the International Crisis Group, a think tank based in Brussels.
Mr. Spavor is a founding member of an organization that facilitates international trade and cultural relations with North Korea.
In August of this year, a Chinese court sentenced Mr. Spavor to 11 years in prison for espionage. No decision has been made in Mr. Kovrig’s case.
A Canadian judge on Friday ordered the release of Ms Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, after she reached an agreement with US prosecutors on fraud charges against Meng.
Huawei issued a statement saying it looked forward to seeing Ms Meng reunited with her family, saying the company would continue to defend itself in court.
As part of the deferred prosecution agreement, Ms. Meng admitted misleading HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a Hong Kong-based company operating in Iran.
The US Department of Justice said in a statement that it was continuing to prepare for the trial against Huawei, which remains on the trade blacklist.
Huawei is now the largest manufacturer of communications equipment in the world. It faces accusations that its equipment may be used by Chinese authorities to spy, which the company denies.
In 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on Huawei and placed it on an export blacklist, cutting it off from access to key technologies.
Britain, Sweden, Australia and Japan also banned Huawei, while other countries, including France and India, have adopted measures that do not rise to the level of a complete ban.
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