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Abandonment Issues

As the president engaged in an ugly spat with the father of a UCLA basketball player released by China, two other Americans remained behind bars on seemingly spurious charges



TOO BAD MARK SWIDAN AND Wendell Brown don’t play basketball for UCLA. Unlike the three Bruins China expelled after President Donald Trump intervened in November, Swidan and Brown just spent another Thanksgiving in China— behind bars.

While the UCLA players confessed to a shoplifting spree in Hangzhou, which got them arrested by Chinese police, Swidan and Brown are in Chinese jails after questionable trials and refuse to confess to what they say are spurious charges, even though doing so might gain their releases. The police detained Swidan, an erstwhile business consultant and aspiring artist, in his hotel room in 2012, as part of an attempt to bust a drug ring. Brown, a former college football star who was coaching in China, was arrested last year and tried after a dispute in a bar. There has been no verdict in either case, and neither man can afford a lawyer.

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