A Canadian judge has officially dropped the extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on Friday.
As a result, she can return to China after almost three years under house arrest in Vancouver.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that China also released two captive Canadians on Friday.
It concerns Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
The latter was sentenced to 11 years in prison in August for espionage.
Meng's arrest put a lot of pressure on relations between China on the one hand and the US and Canada on the other.
Shortly after the arrest, China detained the two Canadians.
While China has never officially admitted that Spavor and Kovrig's arrests were related to Wanzhou, it was believed to be retaliation from Beijing.
The near-simultaneous release of both Wanzhou and Spavor and Kovrig on Friday seems to confirm that picture.
The US Department of Justice had requested the extradition of Wanzhou, but made a deal with her, it was announced earlier on Friday.
The charges of fraud and conspiracy against Huawei's top woman were dropped.
The deal is a so-called agreement for deferred prosecution, an alternative to trial.
A public prosecutor then agrees not to prosecute if the accused agrees to meet certain requirements.
The government has effectively brought charges against a suspect, but does nothing about it.
US suspects Meng of doing business with Iran
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada in 2018.
The United States accused her of lying about trade contacts with an Iranian company, which is subject to US sanctions.
For example, she would have misled the bank HSBC about this.
Meng had to remain in Vancouver pending extradition to the US.
On Friday, she expressed her gratitude outside the courthouse to the Chinese embassy in Canada "for their constant support".
"My life has been turned upside down in the past three years," said Huawei's chief financial officer.
"It was a disruptive time for me as a mother, wife and as a business owner. But I believe the sun shines behind the clouds. It was an invaluable experience."
She immediately left for China on Friday.
An Air China plane carrying Meng Wanzhou has taken off from Vancouver's YVR airport.After over a 1000 days in Canada, she is now on her way back to China #cdnpoli
AuthorGray_MackenzieMoment of places23: 40 - September 24, 2021Keywords: