Republican senators have condemned the success of the Chinese regime in “hostage diplomacy” following the release of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzu on September 2.
Meng, who was stranded at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia, while fighting for extradition to the United States in late 2018, struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors that allowed him to return to China. That night, the Chinese ruler released two Canadians who had been imprisoned in the country for almost three years.
Canadians Michael Covrig and Michael Sparrow were first detained by the regime shortly after Meng’s arrest, prompting observers to describe them as victims of a “high-profile game of hostage diplomacy.”
Officials around the world have welcomed the release of the Canadians, widely known as the “Two Michaels”, but some U.S. lawmakers have drawn attention to Beijing’s move.
Sen. Jim Rish (R-Idaho), a ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “We must recognize that the solution to this hostage situation is the victory of one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the world. September 25 statement.
“The Chinese Communist Party will encourage other foreign nationals to use it as a bargaining chip, because it now knows that hostage-taking is a successful way to get what it wants.”
White House Press Secretary Jane Saki has denied claims that the Sept. 27 was related to the release of Meng and Canadians.
“I think it’s important to note, and to be very clear about this, there are no links,” Psaki said during a regular press briefing. “We have an independent judiciary. We cannot determine how the Chinese or others conduct their business. It’s a little different.
“But we have an independent judiciary that makes independent decisions – law enforcement decisions. At the same time, we have kept no secret about our push to release ‘Two Michael’. This is certainly positive news and good news,” he added.
Republicans, however, say the deal calls into question the Biden administration’s commitment to confronting the Chinese regime.
“Mrs. Meng’s release raises serious questions about President Biden’s ability and willingness to deal with threats from Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Told Reuters. “This is another example of the Biden administration’s dangerously soft approach to Beijing.”
Meng has reached a suspended prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, under which he admitted during talks with a bank that he was hiding Huawei’s business activities in Iran, which led to the company violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Ten.) Criticizes the treaty as a “capitalization” of the regime.
“I am very concerned that, as it turns out, this could be more appealing from the Biden administration, more capitulation,” Hegarty told Reuters. “Huawei is an aggressive hunting company. It is supported by the Chinese Communist Party. We gave up leverage today. ”
Following Meng’s arrest at Vancouver International Airport on December 1, 2018, the Chinese regime repeatedly threatened Canada with “serious consequences” if he was not released. Shortly after his capture, Beijing arrested Kovrig and Spear, claiming they were involved in espionage.
The two were initially held in solitary confinement, with their cells lit day and night. This can lead to sleep deprivation, which human rights organizations recognize as a form of torture.
In August, a Chinese court sentenced Spear to 11 years in prison. Covrig, whose trial was held in March, was not convicted.
Hours after the announcement of Canada Meng’s release, the government quietly released Covrig and Spear without explanation. The government’s foreign ministry claimed on September 27 that the men had been released on bail for health reasons.
Although the regime has maintained that the pair’s detention was not related to Meng, their release soon after the Huawei executive’s release, all but confirmed to many that the Canadians were being held hostage.
“The Chinese government is now making no attempt to disguise its ‘hostage diplomacy,'” Tang Jingyuan, a Chinese commentator, told The Epoch Times.
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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) saw Meng’s arrival in Shenzhen, China on September 25 with much fanfare.
The daughter of the founder of Huawei was given a brilliant reception: the mainstream media tracked her flight path for hours; City buildings and airports were illuminated with welcome slogans; And a red carpet was laid at the airport, where provincial and municipal officials were waiting for his arrival.
In response, Meng praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the party in a speech on tarmac.
On his way back to China, the 49-year-old praised CCP in a post on social media platform WeChat, saying the party had made China “stronger and more prosperous”. He said he could not secure his freedom without the support of the country.
Chinese state media have portrayed Meng’s return as a sign of “victory” achieved by the communist regime. The party’s official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, denounced the regime and claimed that “no force can stop China’s progress.” News about Canadians was clearly missing from such reports.
State media Xinhua described his return as a “big victory” for Beijing. “No force will stop China’s progress,” the People’s Daily said in a statement. Hawkis said in another editorial in the CCP-controlled tabloid Global Times that Meng’s return was a “coordination” of the Biden administration, which suggests that Washington is “unable to hold communist rule to a greater extent”.
Pictures and videos showing crowds of people waiting at the airport overwhelmed the country’s social media platforms, which critics suggested were scenes arranged by the regime to promote patriotism.
Speaking at the airport, Meng said in a patriotic-red outfit that he had been touched by head concerns in his case. Despite the unusual grand reception, he repeatedly called himself an “ordinary citizen.”
The eldest daughter of Meng Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who served in the Chinese army for nine years before starting the firm. The telecommunications company’s close ties with China’s military and authorities have led to the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan imposing restrictions on its equipment due to security risks.
Reuters assisted in compiling this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times