Starting from: 09/26/2021 9:27 AM
Huawei CEO Meng has returned to China – the state media has portrayed him as a folk hero. No mention was made of the release of Canadians. Critics speak of “hostage diplomacy”.
Hundreds of people gathered at the airport in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that evening to receive Meng Wanzhou. The videos show women and men waving flags and singing the Chinese national anthem.
“A Thousand Days of Torture” under house arrest in a villa
After the CFO of technology group Huawei got off the plane waving and smiling happily, he gave a short speech on the runway. “After more than a thousand days of torture, I returned to the bosom of my homeland. The long wait in a foreign land was full of struggle and suffering,” said Meng, who posed in front of the cameras wearing a red dress. , the color of Chinese happiness as well as the ruling Communist Party.
Chinese state media broadcast the triumphant and nationalist Meng’s arrival online and on television. According to the government propaganda newspaper Huanqiu Shibao, also known as the Global Times, more than 60 million people in the People’s Republic have watched the director’s arrival.
Party visits and shopping tours
Meng was arrested in Canada in late 2018 on a US judicial arrest warrant. The accusation: You should have helped circumvent US sanctions against the Iranian leadership. Meng was placed under house arrest shortly thereafter and has since waited in one of her two villas in the western Canadian city of Vancouver for possible extradition to the United States. The 49-year-old had to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, but he had a lot of freedom; Meng has been repeatedly photographed attending concerts and intense shopping trips.
After returning to China in the evening, she thanked Chinese Head of State and Government Xi Jinping. He worries about the safety of every Chinese citizen, “including my country, and has not lost sight of my plight. I thank the great motherland, the people, the patronage of the Communist Party, the government and the people who stand together take care of me.”
Meng thanked “the homeland, the people and President Xi” pitifully.
Two Canadians arrested in retaliation
Obviously, in response to pressure on the director of Huawei for free, the state and party leadership of China arrested two Canadians at the end of 2018: businessman Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig. Both were accused of espionage and held in solitary confinement in China for nearly three years in inhumane conditions.
After a legal deal with the US judiciary, Meng was able to leave Canada on Friday. Shortly thereafter, Spavor and Kovrig were placed on a Canadian government plane in China and departed China for Canada. Diplomats from the participating countries have been searching behind the scenes for a face-saving solution for all parties in recent years.
China’s “Hostage Diplomacy”
Human rights groups are now talking about the “successful hostage diplomacy” of the communist government. This has repeatedly claimed that there is no connection between the Meng, Kovrig, and Spavor cases.
From the point of view of Western diplomats and human rights groups, the events of the past few hours prove otherwise. Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, said the Canadians’ release a few hours after Meng’s house arrest ended shows that “the Chinese leadership is willing to use innocents as a bargaining chip to get what they want from other countries.” . “This is a worrying development.”
The case has been dismantled as propaganda
Chinese state media represent Meng’s return as a victory for state and party leadership over the Western world. The English-language China Daily wrote that Meng was arrested in Canada because China is a rising power – which is precisely why Meng is now released.
So far, the media in China has not said a word about the fact that the Huawei director has been de facto exchanged with Canadians imprisoned in the People’s Republic of China.
After the release in Canada: a hero’s welcome to Huawei’s director in China
Steffen Wurzel, ARD Shanghai, 26.9.2021 09:02