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Hawaii Manager: Campaign Welcome to Meng in China

As of: 09/26/2021 9:27 am

Hawaii manager Meng has returned to China – and is portrayed as a folk heroine by the state media. The release of the two Canadians is not mentioned. Critics talk about “hostage diplomacy.”

Stephen Versailles, ARD-Studio Shanghai

Hundreds of people gathered at the airport in Shenzhen, southern China that evening to greet Meng Wanshou. Videos show women and men waving flags singing the Chinese national anthem.

Villa tortured under house arrest

After the chief financial officer of the technical team got off the Huawei plane and smiled happily, he gave a short speech at the Darshala. “After more than a thousand days of torture, I returned to my homeland. The long wait in a foreign land was full of struggle and misery,” Meng said as he walked in front of the cameras in red, the Chinese color of happiness and the ruling Communist Party.

Chinese state media broadcast Meng’s successful and national debut online and on television. More than 60 million people in the People’s Republic witnessed the manager’s visit, according to the state propaganda newspaper Huankyu Shibao, also known as the Global Times.

Concert visits and shopping tours

Meng was arrested in Canada at the end of 2018 on a U.S. judicial arrest warrant. Accusation: You must have helped avoid US sanctions against the Iranian leadership. Meng was placed under house arrest shortly afterwards, waiting to be handed over to the United States at one of his two villas in the western Canadian city of Vancouver. The 49-year-old said he had to wear an ankle brace, but enjoyed a lot of freedom; Meng was photographed attending repeated concerts and extensive shopping trips.

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After returning to China in the evening, he thanked Chinese President and Government Agent Xi Jinping. He worries about the safety of every Chinese citizen, “including mine. He did not lose my distress. He took care of me thanks to the great father, the people, the care of the Communist Party, the government and the people who stand together.”

Meng expressed his heartfelt thanks to “Father, People and Leader Ji”.

Arrest of two Canadians in retaliation

In retaliation for pressing the Huawei manager for free, China’s state and party leadership arrested two Canadians at the end of 2018: businessman Michael Spover and former Canadian ambassador Michael Gowrick. Both were charged with espionage and held in solitary confinement in China for nearly three years.

After a legal deal with the US judiciary, Meng was able to leave Canada on Friday. Shortly afterwards, Spavar and Gowrick boarded a Canadian government plane from China to Canada. Diplomats from participating states have been looking behind the scenes for a face-to-face solution for all parties in recent years.

China’s “hostage diplomacy”

Human rights groups are now talking about the Communist government’s “successful hostage diplomacy.” It reiterated that there was no connection between the Meng, Gowrick and spawner cases.

In the eyes of Western diplomats and human rights groups, the events of the past few hours prove the opposite. Sophie Richardson, Chinese director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said the release of the two Canadians a few hours after Meng’s house arrest ended “shows that China’s leadership is ready to bargain with innocent people to get what they want from other countries.” . “This is a worrying development.”

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The case was cannibalized as propaganda

Chinese state media view Mang’s visit as a victory for the state and party leadership against the Western world. The English-language “China Daily” Meng was arrested in Canada because China is a growing power – which is why Meng has now been released.

The media in China has not yet said a word about whether the Huawei manager was actually transferred to two Canadians imprisoned in the People’s Republic.