Two Canadians released by China after a US deal with a Huawei officer arrived home

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou returned to China on Saturday, ending a nearly three-year extradition battle in the United States, on the same day that two Canadians who had been held by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei, was allowed to go home after reaching an agreement with US prosecutors on Friday to end a bank fraud case against her.

Meng was detained in Vancouver in December 2018 after the US requested her extradition, after a New York court issued an arrest warrant, saying she had tried to cover up attempts by companies linked to Huawei to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. She has remained in Canada since her arrest in Vancouver.

The extradition row has been a major source of contention between Beijing and Washington, with Chinese officials suggesting the case should be dropped to help end a diplomatic stalemate between the two.

Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were detained by Chinese authorities on espionage charges a few days after Meng’s arrest, were hugged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the tarmac after they landed in Calgary.

“You’ve shown incredible strength, resilience and perseverance,” Trudeau said in a Twitter post with photos of him welcoming them home. “Know that Canadians across the country will continue to be here for you, just as they have been.”

Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou waves as she exits the plane upon her arrival in Shenzhen, China. Photo: CCTV/AFP via Getty Images

In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Meng wore a red patriotic dress as she stepped off the plane to receive well-wishers.

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