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#Trump asked for #Xi's help in #UCLA players' shoplifting case in #China

MANILA (REUTERS) - Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting were headed back to the United States on Tuesday (Nov 14) after US President Donald Trump said he had sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case. Staff for Delta Air Lines confirmed that the players had boarded a Delta flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles. “What they did was unfortunate,” Trump told reporters earlier in Manila. He said the trio, who have been held since last week, could have faced long prison sentences, and described Xi’s response as “terrific”. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump said. Trump had raised the issue with Xi during a dinner held during the US leader’s Nov 8 to 10 state visit to Beijing. Trump was in the Philippines capital for a summit of Asian leaders. Asked about the trio and Trump’s discussing the issue with Xi, China Foreign ...

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