China welcomes release of Meng Wanzhou, quiet on release of two Canadian ‘spies

China on Saturday welcomed the release of Huawei chief financial officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou from home detention in Canada but remained all but silent on the release of two Canadians from Chinese jails in what appeared to be a surprise quid pro quo settlement between the two countries.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian wrote “welcome back” on his Twitter-like Weibo page while quoting a line from the official news agency, Xinhua, on Meng Wanzhou’s release.

“Through unremitting efforts of the Chinese government, Meng Wanzhou has already left Canada on a charter flight organised by the Chinese government,” the Xinhua news agency reported.

“Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese business executive who had been arbitrarily detained for more than 1,000 days in Canada, shared her thoughts and expressed her appreciation on a Chinese-government charter flight bringing her home,” Xinhua said.

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