UCLA players in China shoplifting case could return to USA soon

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According to The Washington Post, Trump discussed the players' arrests during his visit to China, and Xi promised to look into the case and ensure the players are treated fairly and expeditiously.

Trump made the request while in Beijing last week before departing Friday for Vietnam and the Philippines.

Following the Bruins' season-opening 63-60 win over Georgia Tech in Shanghai, the UCLA team returned to the United States on Saturday without the three freshmen, according to ESPN.

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Xi has promised to look into the case and ensure, as Trump has asked, that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Post. Three players were questioned from each team. Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were also arrested.

They were seen walking from health club at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou with UCLA associate AD Chris Carlson accompanying them.

"President Xi has been terrific on that subject", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, bound for Honolulu following the conclusion of his 12-day trip to Asia.

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Chinese authorities have permitted them to remain where the team initially stayed, a ritzy hotel featuring evening jazz performances and a glass-enclosed pool. "China does not want anything to detract from the warm welcome they have planned for the American president, so they will solve this problem as quickly as possible, which would include having the young men leave the country - after a suitable apology - as quickly as possible". Alibaba has assumed that role for the last three years and recently acquired broadcast rights to Pac-12 games including basketball and football.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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