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USA rallies for release of 2 American citizens held in China

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Ahead of President Donald Trump's planned meeting with his Chinese counterpart at the summit in Argentina, the US has called for the release of two young American citizens who have been held back by authorities in since June this year.

Siblings Victor Liu, 19 years old, and Cynthia Liu, 27 years old, and their mother, Sandra Han, have allegedly been denied permission to leave China, in what US officials believe is a pressure tactic on their father, Liu Changming, to return to

Changming is wanted in the Asian nation over financial crimes, according to

"These Americans need to be allowed to return home," John Bolton, USA's National Security had tweeted previously.

Both the siblings hold an American passport but are viewed by as Chinese citizens who fall under their country's jurisdiction. reported that has claimed that the family is involved in economic crimes, and their current location in the country is unknown.

"Out of concern for the security of these young Americans, we will refrain from public comment as we continue our efforts to constructively and directly engage the to allow them to return home," Liu family's told

Representatives for the Liu family have stated that the family hopes that Trump will take up their case with Jinping during the planned meeting.

China had issued a worldwide red notice in 2009 against their father, Changming, who has been accused of issuing illegal loans worth billions of dollars before taking off. He has also featured on China's list of 100 top fugitives in 2015.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:05 IST