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The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly

The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly

Trump had raised the issue with Xi during a dinner held during the USA leader's November 8 to 10 state visit to Beijing.

The players were arrested on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail, ESPN reported, adding that authorities had surveillance footage of the alleged crimes.

Three UCLA basketball stars may be left in China as allegations against them for shoplifting go through the legal system. Sources told ESPN that the three could remain in China for another week or two.

Xi assured Trump that he would look into the matter and that the players would be treated fairly, a U.S. official said. This source also noted that the charges against the players have been reduced and their case is proceeding toward a resolution. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest. The team was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 4.




The three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were detained by police on November 7 in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting.

They did not travel home with the rest of the team and are still believed to be at the hotel. They made no public mention of the UCLA case. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to U.S. authorities, saying, "China is handling this case in accordance with the law, and will guarantee the rights in accordance with the law, for those involved in this case". While talking to UCLA players at Alibaba on Monday, he made it a point to single out freshman guard Jaylen Hands and tell him he watched him play the Bishop's School while Hands was at Foothills Christian a year ago. "They (Chinese authorities) do not play games", Trump said.

News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country. The family is scheduled to leave Sunday morning for Hong Kong, where the family's Big Baller Brand is opening a pop-up shop on Tuesday. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.


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