Thursday marks 1,000 days since the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. Chinese Foreign Ministry again called for ending the arbitrary detention of Meng, stressing that the Chinese side will never accept any form of political coercion.
Noting that the case of Meng is purely a political incident, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a regular press conference that the case is "in essence, a political persecution against a Chinese citizen plotted by the U.S. and executed by Canada as an accomplice, and a deliberate oppression on China's local enterprise."
"The U.S. and Canada repeatedly cited laws as the excuse to defend and whitewash their persecution against a Chinese citizen. However, the international community is fully aware that the laws the U.S. and Canada referred to are merely a tool used by the U.S. for predatory behavior, suppressing people holding different views and seeking personal gains, and are of no impartiality or legitimacy at all."
Stressing that Meng, who did nothing in violation of Canadian laws, has been arbitrarily detained for nearly 1,000 days, Wang questioned if the Canadian side has a right perspective on what's right and what's wrong.
"Where are the human rights that the Canadian side claims to champion? What Canada has done as a cat's paw of the U.S. brings no good to anyone. The gains by doing so cannot make up for the losses."
Wang said that the Chinese side will never accept any form of political coercion or abuse of justice and will never allow its citizens to fall prey to other countries' political persecution.
He also mentioned that the Global Times has recently launched an online petition asking the Canadian side to immediately release Meng unconditionally, signed by nearly 15 million people to date.
"We solemnly urge the U.S. and Canada to heed the call for justice from the Chinese government and people, correct its wrongdoings immediately, end the arbitrary detention of Ms. Meng Wanzhou, withdraw her arrest warrant and extradition request, and release her and ensure her safe return to China," Wang added.