The home page of two of the Chinese government's most prominent English-language media outlets are not telling readers major details about a story that's leading the news in Canada.
An extradition hearing in B.C. Supreme Court was halted against Huawei senior executive Meng Wangzhou after she reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. government.
It's believed that she's already left Vancouver, where she was forced to stay since December 2018 after being arrested on a provisional U.S. warrant.
China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency has not placed this story on its home page (as of this writing), notwithstanding a public statement issued by Meng today in Vancouver.
China Daily, which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party State Council Information Office, has also not put this news on its home page (as of this writing).
Nor have they covered a key aspect of the deal: according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Meng admitted to misleading a global financial institution.
Meng's agreement with U.S. prosecutors means that she won't have a criminal conviction. Charges are still proceeding against Huawei.
“Her admissions in the statement of facts confirm that, while acting as the Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, Meng made multiple material misrepresentations to a senior executive of a financial institution regarding Huawei’s business operations in Iran in an effort to preserve Huawei’s banking relationship with the financial institution," acting U.S. Attorney Nicole Boeckmann said in the news release. "The truth about Huawei’s business in Iran, which Meng concealed, would have been important to the financial institution’s decision to continue its banking relationship with Huawei.
"Meng’s admissions confirm the crux of the government’s allegations in the prosecution of this financial fraud—that Meng and her fellow Huawei employees engaged in a concerted effort to deceive global financial institutions, the U.S. government, and the public about Huawei’s activities in Iran."
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been freed from jail and are returning to Canada, according to CBC News.
They were detained in China in December 2018 after Meng was arrested in Vancouver on a provisional warrant from the U.S. government.
The Straight initially wrote "admission of guilt" in the headline but that was adjusted to "admissions in statement of facts" because Meng pleaded not guilty.