Trump Asks China's President To Help Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

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According to The Washington Post, Trump brought up the topic - along with North Korea's nuclear threat and bilateral trade relations - a day after LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel.

The Bruins visited China to play in a game sponsored by Alibaba, an e-commerce giant based in Hangzhou. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the US were in contact over the matter.

The three players remained in Hangzhou during the team's season-opening win against Georgia Tech in Shanghai and did not fly home with the team. According to The Post, a US official indicated that shoplifting charges against the players have been reduced, and the case could be resolved soon.

Chinese authorities told the Post that the charges have been downgraded and the case against them is on a fast track toward resolution.

Besides coinciding with Trump's visit, the case has raised waves in the United States due to the involvement of LiAngelo Ball, one of three high-profile basketball-playing sons of LaVar Ball. The two leaders did not speak about it publicly, even though the arrests made headlines worldwide.

Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released.

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.

"He was terrific, and they're working on it right now".

Though people are voicing for the UCLA players, but if convicted, Ball and the others could be jailed for 10 years.

"Every young person makes mistakes, but the key point is how they will handle it after making the mistake", Tsai said before the game Saturday.

"There's nothing new. We're monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students until the situation, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon".

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