UCLA play­ers de­part China af­ter Trump asked for help

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

MANILA/SHANGHAI: Three UCLA basketball play­ers de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of shoplift­ing were headed back to the United States yes­ter­day af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he had sought the help of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in the case. Staff for Delta Air Lines Inc 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 Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news brief­ing in Beijing: “Un­til now, I have not re­ceived any up­date, so I am un­able to pro­vide any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.” —Reuters

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