Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was praised like a national hero upon her return to China on Saturday. Yet with her “fraud against a global financial institution”, as the US prosecution puts it, she played a significant role in the massive deterioration in relations between the People’s Republic and North America over the past three years. Beijing called the accusations against Meng “fictitious” and retaliated by arresting Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadian citizens, and detaining them over suspicion of espionage.
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