Meng Wanzhou's father says his daughter will study hard and get a doctorate in prison

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VANCOUVER – The father of Meng Wanzhou, the founder of Huawei Ren Zhengfei, told Chinese state media that he expects his daughter to go to prison but predicts that he will emerge with a doctorate.

"I don't care, because my daughter is also very optimistic. She is self-taught … she will become a" doctor in prison "and will be released from prison to complete a doctorate," said Ren, with a smile on his face.

"Every time I call, her mother or husband answers the phone and says she is very busy (studying)."

Last week the interview was broadcast for the first time in Mandarin Chinese by the Chinese CCTV broadcaster. The video and the complete transcript were published Monday.

This is the first time Ren has clearly understood that he suspects his daughter will go to prison. The United States is seeking its extradition from Canada to deal with bank fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy charges related to violations of US sanctions against Iran.

"House arrest is not imprisonment," he said. "She is surrounded by the police, but life is still free".

He added that the United States and Canada are "countries with rule of law" and believes the case has been sensationalized.

Huawei Technologies' finance director, Meng Wanzhou, is wearing an electronic ankle monitoring device as he is escorted by security to his home on May 8, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

Samuel Wade, deputy director of Berkeley China Digital Times, which tracks Chinese media trends, said that Ren's latest comments seem consistent with his strategy so far.

"Painting your daughter's situation as an opportunity seems like an attempt to defuse the fictional damsel in emotional distress that could complicate her efforts to navigate the fight." 39 so it would be consistent with other conciliatory remarks, such as saying that it would protest against Chinese retaliation against Apple, "said Wade.

Meng is Huawei's financial director and vice president of the board. He has already completed a master's degree at the University of Science and Technology of Huazhong University in China. During the December bail hearing, Meng's lawyer told the court that if his bail is granted, Meng intends to spend time with his family and study at UBC's Sauder School of Business.

The potentially long-term extradition hearing, which will see Meng resist attempts to send her to the state side should begin in January.

Beijing has launched an aggressive campaign to undermine the legitimacy of the extradition process, which they have consistently driven by Meng's arrest. Representatives of the Chinese government have accused Canada of "stabs in the back" and "white supremacy" while warning of "repercussions" if the request for extradition to the United States is finally granted.

Meanwhile, two Canadians – the retired diplomat Michael Kovrig and the entrepreneur Michael Spavor – were detained in China on December 10 and held in unknown locations. Former Canadian diplomats said earlier that Star Kovrig and Spavor had been held in retaliation for Meng's arrest.

Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holds photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are detained by China, in Vancouver, Canada, on May 16, 2019.

China formally arrested the couple earlier this month and transferred them to prisons. Neither Kovrig nor Spavor had access to a lawyer.

For many, the arrest of Huawei's executive at the Vancouver International Airport on December 1 was the first taste of the woman at the center of a bitter diplomatic dispute between Canada and China. . Ma Meng comes from a family of power in China, one that holds a significant influence in politics and business.

Ren is a member of the Chinese revolutionary cohort, the generation that inaugurated China through its dramatic rise to power. Ren served in the Technical Corps of the People's Liberation Army and joined the Chinese Communist Party before founding the telecommunications company Huawei in 1987.

Meng is also connected to the Chinese government by her mother. His mother, Meng Jun, is the daughter of the former deputy governor of Sichuan province.

Since its foundation, Huawei has become one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, one of the few able to develop and produce 5G network technologies, considered the next major evolution of wireless systems.

At the age of 20, Meng began working as a secretary in the company of his father. He rose quickly between the rows as the company expanded. By 2011, Huawei has presented at public events as financial director.

With files of Perrin Grauer and Wanyee Li

Joanna Chiu is a reporter and director of Star Vancouver. Follow her on Twitter: @joannachiu

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