White House: Biden's China policy hasn't changed

A White House spokesperson says the US government's policy toward China has not changed despite a deferred prosecution deal between the Justice Department and a Chinese executive.

Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, returned to China on Saturday for the first time in three years.

Meng had been under house arrest in Canada after she was detained in the country in 2018 at Washington's request for violating sanctions against Iran. She was later indicted by the US Justice Department on fraud and other charges.

The US government withdrew its request for Meng's extradition after she reached a deal with the Justice Department.

Two Canadian men were released from jail in China at around the same time Meng returned to her country.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that there is no link between Meng's deal and the release of the two Canadians.

She said, "We have an independent Justice Department that made independent decisions."

Psaki was asked how the Biden administration would respond to allegations that the deferred prosecution agreement for the Huawei CFO amounts to capitulation and appeasement.

She denied the assertions, saying that the administration's policy toward China has not changed.

She added that the administration is going to continue to hold China "to account for its unfair economic practices, its coercive actions around the world, and its human rights abuses."