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Photo: Teh Eng Koon/AFP via Getty Images

American siblings Cynthia and Victor Liu, who were barred from leaving China for three years, returned to the United States on Sunday after Canada's release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, according to AP.

Why it matters: The move coincided with a deal between Wanzhou and the Department of Justice that resolved criminal charges against her.

What they're saying: “We are so pleased to welcome Cynthia and Victor Liu back home after three difficult years being held in China as pawns for the Chinese government,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

  • “Cynthia and Victor had their young lives completely upended as they were prevented from returning home for more than three years," they added.

The big picture: Victor Liu is a student at Georgetown University, and Cynthia Liu is a consultant at McKinsey & Company, according to the New York Times. Both are Massachusetts residents.

  • They were never accused of wrongdoing in China but were banned from leaving the country.
  • Their mother, Sandra Han — who is also an American citizen and Massachusetts resident — was prevented from leaving China and still remains detained.
  • Their father, Liu Changming, was wanted by Chinese police for his role in a fraud case. The detention of Victor, Cynthia and Sandra was seen as a way to force Liu Changming to return to China and turn himself in, according to the Times.

Go deeper: Huawei executive reaches deal with Justice Department

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CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.