Canadian pair released from China following US deal with Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou

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By Press Association 2021

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou reads statement

Two Canadians detained in China on espionage were released from jail and left the country hours after a senior executive at Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her in a deal with states -United.

Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei and daughter of the company founder, in connection with a request by American extradition. Many countries have called China’s action a “hostage policy”.

The deal with Meng calls on the US Department of Justice to dismiss fraud charges at the end of next year in exchange for Meng accepting responsibility for distorting his company’s business relationship in Iran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks
Justin Trudeau (Justin Tang / The Canadian Press / AP)

Canadian Prime Minister JustinTrudeau called a press conference on Friday to announce the release of Kovrig and Spavor about an hour after Meng’s plane left Canada for China.

The arrangement with Meng, known as the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, resolves a multi-year legal and geopolitical battle involving not only the United States and China, but also Canada, where Meng has remained since his arrest in Vancouver Airport in December 2018.

The deal came as President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping sought to ease signs of public tension – even as the world’s two dominant economies disagree on issues as diverse as cybersecurity, the climate change, human rights and trade and tariffs.

Mr Biden said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week that he had no intention of starting a “new cold war,” while Mr Xi told world leaders that disputes between countries “must be dealt with through dialogue and cooperation”.



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