Meng Wanzhou’s release offers chance at reset in bilateral relations, Chinese tabloid says

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The release of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is an opportunity to resume bilateral ties with the United States and Canada, but “toxic political rhetoric” could still “poison” Chinese state media, Chinese state media said on Monday. .

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The Global Times tabloid, which is backed by the ruling Communist Party, said in an editorial that Meng’s return to China was a sign of easing bilateral economic and trade tensions, but cited criticism from US Senator Marco Rubio as “anti-China forces”. accused of creating noise. Regarding his release as an example.

“Whether Sino-US and China-Canada relations can now seize a clear opportunity for a reboot depends on the extent to which Washington and Ottawa are willing to heed the lessons of their rash moves,” State-backed China said. daily newspaper in a separate editorial.

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Canada faces immediate, long-term decisions on China ties after two Michaels withdrawal

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Homecoming of two Michaels is a welcome relief for Canada, but rifts deepen in China after their detention

Meng arrived in China on Saturday, ending her nearly three-year US extradition battle, the same day as two Canadians who were detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home. Meng was allowed to go home after US prosecutors reached an agreement on Friday to end a bank fraud case against Meng.

Chinese state media welcomed Meng over the weekend but were silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were released hours after Meng on Friday. Meng was taken into custody by Chinese authorities just days after his arrest.

In a separate piece published late on Sunday, the Global Times said Kovrig and Spavor “admitted their guilt for crimes committed in China and were released on bail for medical reasons before leaving China,” close to the case. Citing source.

China’s foreign ministry has not publicly commented on his release.

Spavor was charged with providing photographs of military equipment to Kovrig and was sentenced in August to 11 years in prison. Kovrig was still awaiting sentencing.

China has previously denied engaging in “hostage diplomacy”, insisting that the arrests and detentions of Canadians were in no way tied to the proceedings against Meng.

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