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

14 November 2017

-China Trade Relationship Will Top Trump's Agenda In Beijing - "Soft lounge music pipes through the speakers as elegantly dressed shoppers peruse organic produce and meats at City'super, one of Shanghai's most upscale markets, a cross between Whole Foods and Louis Vuitton".

In turn, Trump lavished praise on leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, even suggesting that the USA trade imbalance with China, something he said along the campaign trail was the equivalent of China "raping" the United States, was not China's fault, but the fault of past U.S. leadership.

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.

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"We hope everything works out", Trump said, adding that he hoped the players could come home soon.

During a state visit to China, US President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to look into the shoplifting case of UCLA Bruin rookie LiAngelo Ball and his teammates in China, according to a report by The Washington Post.

A source familiar with the investigation told ESPN that the players could be required to stay in china for up to two weeks. The three Bruins remain in a luxury hotel in Hangzhou, where they emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a spokesman said they are "doing fine", the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The Post reports that charges against the players have been reduced, and that the case is closing in on a resolution.

Trump Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has already been in touch with the families of the three players as well as university officials including UCLA coach Steve Alford.

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.

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The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".

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