According to both US and China news sources – three wealthy UCLA basketball players were recently caught red-handed – shoplifting goods (that they could have easily afforded) from exclusive shops situated near their hotel in Hangzhou. The three basketball players have admitted their crimes both in China and in the US. They were confined to their hotel rooms by Chinese police whilst the investigation unfolded (which included CCTV footage). If they had been Chinese citizens, they would have been held in jail awaiting sentencing. The jail-term for shoplifting in China is ten years imprisonment. However, according to Chinese and US news sources, President Xi Jinping authorised (on compassionate grounds) the release (and return to the US) of the three young men concerned. Of course, President Trump has implied that his action freed these three men in a tweet:
The disrespect of another country’s law and culture exhibited by these three privileged individuals might be described as ‘typical’ for Americans. These three young men, irrespective of their ethnic identities, whilst visiting China behaved in a manner typical of that associated with ‘White’ imperialism. The fact that these ‘criminals’ have been treated with the utmost respect and concern by the Chinese people and the Chinese government, has wrong footed both White racists and Black nationalists in the West – whose anti-China rhetoric makes even less sense than normal. The People’s Republic of China supplies all the needs of the Chinese people (and foreigners visiting China), so that the barbaric crime of ‘stealing’ from one another is neither required or permitted. Communist China also opposes all kinds of racism and supports all dialectically correct freedom movements. For decades the Western imperialist powers ‘stole’ from the Chinese people – please do not visit our country and continue this historical crime. Communist China welcomes all the people of world in equality and friendship.
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