‘A hero’s welcome’: China’s state-controlled media claims victory with Meng’s return
|Toronto Star 25 Sep 2021 at 16:54|
The dramatic and fast-moving story of the swap of Meng Wanzhou for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig is playing out very differently in China.
In that country, talk of the formerly detained Canadians has always been significantly suppressed in the state-controlled media. The focus has always been on China’s claim that the Huawei executive was wrongly arrested for political reasons. As of Saturday, that focus had not changed.
Practically all the stories from Chinese media are about how Meng was innocent, wrongly arrested and “the whole country” received her as a “hero” upon her return. Her release is credited to China’s strength, according to these outlets. Further, the Chinese media posits that the U.S. used its legal system to stop a superior technology company from gaining ground in international markets. Canada is presented merely as an “accomplice” of American political will.
The Star has compiled some excerpts:
China Daily (English-language, state-run paper, almost solely for an international audience)
Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrived in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, on Saturday night, marking the end of her more than 1,000 days of detention.
As the news that Meng was on her way back had already reached almost every mobile phone in China, her return was witnessed and welcomed by the whole country through live streaming.
“After more than 1,000 days of suffering, I finally returned to the motherland,” Meng said after she got off the plane.
Lessons of Meng’s political abduction must be heeded: China Daily editorial
The great attention given Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s return to China on Saturday speaks volumes about the magnitude of the incident’s influence, which has in essence been a political abduction of her by the United States, with Canada as its accomplice.
Xinhua (The official Chinese government mouthpiece, published primarily in Chinese for a domestic audience)
In response to a media query, spokesperson Hua Chunying said the Chinese side’s position on Meng’s case has been consistent and clear.
Facts have proven that it is a political persecution case targeting a Chinese national with the aim of suppressing Chinese high-tech companies, Hua said.
The so-called fraud charges against Meng are nothing but pure fabrication, she said.
Global Times (Also state-controlled and has a reputation for being even more harsh on the West)
Major progress for China’s diplomacy as US heeds call from Chinese request list to release Meng Wanzhou
After being separated for more than 1,000 days, she finally reunited with her family and such an emotional moment also aroused reactions from ordinary Chinese people who firmly believe that the motherland will always be “on their back” and save them from crisis.
“The color red, symbolizing China, lightens the brightness in my heart,” Meng said in a post shared on her WeChat moment, noting that , as without them, she would not have been freed.