Meng Wenzhou (C) left the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
A Chinese technology executive arrested in Canada on charges of US fraud has left the country after years of diplomatic tensions and an agreement with the prosecution.
Meng Wenzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was arrested in December 2018 at the request of the United States on fraud charges.
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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice rejected his extradition request.
The case has angered China and strained relations with the United States and Canada.
He also accused China of detaining Canadian citizens in retaliation, which China denied.
“My life is turned upside down. It was a frustrating time for me,” Meng told reporters after her release from Canadian custody.
“Every cloud has a layer of silver,” he added, adding: “I will never forget all the good wishes I have received from people around the world.”
Shortly afterwards, she boarded an Air China flight to the Chinese city of Shenzhen, AFP reported.
Mang Wenzhou is thought to have flown to Shenzhen from Vancouver International Airport on an Air China flight.
Details of a possible deal for Meng’s release have been the subject of intense negotiations between US and Chinese diplomats.
The United States has accused Meng of misleading HSBC over the true nature of Huawei’s relationship with a company called Skycom, which could put the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran.
On Friday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said it had postponed the trial.
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This means that the DOJ will stop prosecuting Ms. Meng by December 2022.
The agreement, which recommended his release, formally allowed him to plead guilty to key charges while acknowledging the allegations made by the Americans.
Later Friday, Canadian prosecutors told a Vancouver court that they had withdrawn efforts to extradite him to the United States and that he should be released from custody.
She had been under house arrest in her multi-million dollar Vancouver home for almost three years.
Before appearing in court, Ms. Meng was seen entering the building with Chinese consular officials.
The judge later ordered his release.
As part of the agreement, Ms. Meng agreed with the “statement of facts” that she had deliberately misrepresented HSBC.
The DOJ said Meng had “taken responsibility for her key role in carrying out the IMF fraud scheme.”
The DOJ also said it was preparing a lawsuit against Huawei.
There have been extensive behind-the-scenes contacts over the months, with senior Huawei executives sending the company to Washington to try to resolve a case that has sparked international tensions.
The case has been highly personal to Huawei’s boss, his daughter has been arrested, but it has become a major source of anger for the whole of China. It has poisoned Sino-Canadian relations, with two of its citizens, Michael Coorg and Michael Sparrow, believed to be at the helm of the talks.
An agreement has the potential to reduce some of the stress that has emerged. But there are still questions – what will the United States get out of it? And what could be the connection between the events in North America and the status of the two Michaels in China?
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Ms. Meng is the eldest daughter of billionaire Ren Zhengfai, who founded Huawei in 1987. The company is now the world’s largest telecom equipment maker.
He served in the Chinese army for nine years until 1983 and is a member of the Chinese Communist Party.
Huawei has faced allegations that Chinese authorities could use its equipment to spy.
In 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on Huawei and blacklisted it, cutting it off from key technologies.
The UK, Sweden, Australia and Japan have also banned Huawei, while other countries, including France and India, have taken steps to lift the ban altogether.
A few days after Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians, Michael Spawer and Michael Coorg, on suspicion of espionage.
Critics have accused China of treating them as chips for political bargaining, known as “hostage diplomacy”. China denies this.
Last month, a Chinese court convicted businessman Michael Spawar of espionage and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
Canada condemned the sentence, saying its case did not meet the minimum standards required by international law.
Ren Zhengfei called the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou politically motivated.
Experts say Meng’s agreement with the United States could pave the way for the release of both Canadians, but tensions in Sino-Canadian relations will not end soon.
Bilateral relations have fallen to a historic low since Meng’s capture.
U.S. allegations against Huawei remain, and the company is still on a commercial blacklist. Other Chinese tech companies operating in the United States, such as social media company Tik Tak, are also under scrutiny.
Roi Ma, a Chinese tech sector analyst, told the BBC that many Chinese companies were hopeful that Meng’s agreement with the United States could mean that US-China relations would not deteriorate further, but that no one This does not mean that there is a reversal in tension.
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