Xi, Biden discussed Huawei CFO -White House

At a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, "There is absolutely zero impact. No one should read it as an impact on our substantive policy."

The agreement was reached on Friday about two weeks after Xi and Biden, on Sept. 9, had their first phone conversation in months.

The White House said that in the call Xi brought up Meng's case and Biden brought up the matter of two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who had been held in China for more than 1,000 days.

The fact that all three were freed hours apart suggested a carefully choreographed swap that would serve to relieve a source of tension.

But Psaki told reporters that "this was a legal decision made by the Department of Justice" to reach an agreement that led to Meng flying home.

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