Huawei CFO reflects on her detention in Canada

A senior executive of Huawei Technologies who had been held in Canada for three years reflected on her experience in the country in a message sent from a plane taking her back to China.

The Chinese telecom giant's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at Washington's request in 2018.

China's state-run CCTV posted a video online of Meng before leaving Canada. She was seen tearfully hugging a woman, saying "Don't cry" in Chinese.

A source close to Huawei revealed a message that Meng sent to her friends on social media. She said that no words could describe her days of wandering. She said she didn't know which path would lead her home.

She expressed gratitude to her homeland, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government. She said her yearning and longing for her country ignited the fire of faith in her heart, illuminated the darkest moments of her life and led her on the long journey home.

Huawei said in a statement on Saturday that it looked forward to seeing Meng return safely to be reunited with her family. It also said it would continue to defend itself against the US charges.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian welcomed Meng home on Chinese social media.