Two Canadians freed from years of detention in China as part of a three-way deal involving the US arrived in their country Saturday and were greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
TV footage aired by CTV showed Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arriving in Calgary in western Canada and being welcomed and hugged by Trudeau, the culmination of a deal that included Canada releasing the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
Two Canadians imprisoned in what #China's Western critics branded “hostage diplomacy” were headed home Friday after being released, #Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.https://t.co/xLmLqgK4gq pic.twitter.com/h1c07wv6wa— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 25, 2021
The Two Michaels, as they have become known in Canada, had been arrested and imprisoned on espionage charges in the days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
The seemingly tit-for-tat arrests soured Canada-China relations.
Earlier, a Canadian judge ended extradition proceedings against Meng and lifted her bail conditions, allowing her to return to China for the first time since her arrest in Vancouver’s international airport at the behest of US authorities on December 1, 2018.