Today, China welcomed the release of Huawei’s chief financial officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou from home detention in Canada. However, it remained silent on the release of two Canadians from Chinese jails in what appeared to be a surprise quid pro quo settlement between the two countries.
Responding to the release of Meng, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian wrote ‘welcome back’ on his Twitter-like Weibo page. Zhao outlined that due to the continuous efforts of the Chinese government, Meng has already left Canada on a charter flight organized by the Chinese government.
Previously, Meng was detained for over 1,000 days in Canada. She is a Chinese business executive. On her journey back to China, she shared her thoughts and thanked the Chinese government for bringing her back home. Similarly, Liu Xiaoming, a senior Chinese diplomat also welcomed her back. “Welcome home. Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts,” Liu tweeted.
Different media houses gave their remarks on the release of Meng. One of them claimed that the detention of Meng Wanzhou should never have happened, and a similar situation should never happen again. “International arrest warrants should be used for criminals, not for pawns in the political game of thrones,” it added. Another media house stated that the cases of Meng Wanzhou and the two arrested Canadians were different and hence the simultaneous release should not be interpreted as ‘hostage diplomacy’.
Meanwhile, Meng continued to thank the Chinese government and added that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China is becoming stronger and more prosperous day by day. “It is pitch dark outside. I am in the sky over the Arctic, heading home,” Meng Wanzhou said. She also expressed gratitude to her family, colleagues, and every well-wisher.