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China Detains Former U.S. Air Force Pilot Flying for FedEx
Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 19, 2019 5:21 pm ET | John Lyons and Wenxin Fan

Posted on 09/19/2019 6:37:27 PM PDT by Zhang Fei

HONG KONG—Chinese authorities have detained a FedEx Corp. pilot in the southern city of Guangzhou, elevating pressure on the express shipping giant that is already in Beijing’s crosshairs amid a U.S.-China trade war.

The pilot, a former U.S. Air Force colonel named Todd A. Hohn, was detained a week ago while waiting for a commercial flight to his home in Hong Kong after flying deliveries throughout Asia from the FedEx regional hub in Guangzhou, people familiar with the matter said.

A lawyer for the Hohn family in Niceville, Fla., confirmed that Mr. Hohn had been detained in China. He was a wing commander at the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma until 2017.

Reached briefly at his hotel room Thursday, Mr. Hohn identified himself to a reporter and then referred all questions to a family lawyer and discontinued the phone call. He is married and a father, the people familiar with the matter said.

When he was detained, Mr. Hohn was carrying nonmetallic pellets used in low-power replica air guns in a checked bag, the people said. Chinese authorities have alleged that Mr. Hohn was illegally transporting ammunition and have begun a criminal investigation, the people said.

Like many FedEx pilots working in the region, Mr. Hohn commutes to the Guangzhou hub from his home in Hong Kong. Border police have been checking bags of travelers between Hong Kong and the mainland as pro-democracy protests rocking the city have turned increasingly violent.

Mr. Hohn was detained Sept. 12 by Chinese security officials, who escorted him from a preboarding executive lounge, interviewed him and retained his passport, cellphone and other communication devices, the people said.

Mr. Hohn has been told he isn’t allowed to leave mainland China until the investigation concludes, the people familiar with the matter said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: china; fedex; florida; guangzhou; johnlyons; kag; maga; niceville; oklahoma; toddahohn; trump; wenxinfan
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1 posted on 09/19/2019 6:37:27 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

AirSoft pellets? Please.


2 posted on 09/19/2019 6:40:02 PM PDT by semaj (We are the People)
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To: Zhang Fei

Eventually, after a week or so, he was released.

FedEx pilot detained, released by police in South China

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fedex-china/fedex-pilot-detained-by-police-in-south-china-wsj-idUSKBN1W42AD


3 posted on 09/19/2019 6:41:05 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Zhang Fei

Chinese Communist Party has finally move to the Hostage-taking phase


4 posted on 09/19/2019 6:42:42 PM PDT by butlerweave
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To: semaj

Technically an ammunition. It is a projectile propelled into a target by a ‘weapon’. Anyway, if it ends with conviction I am convinced it would be more lenient sentence than for all the poor people caught with handguns in their luggage in NY airports.


5 posted on 09/19/2019 6:45:19 PM PDT by NorseViking
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To: Zhang Fei

It is time that all Americans get out of China and American tourism to China suspended as well. Any one of us could suddenly become a pawn by China to try and make President Trump back off.


6 posted on 09/19/2019 6:47:22 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Zhang Fei

Bur the US media won’t say a thing but
“how dare the US!”
LOL!


7 posted on 09/19/2019 6:49:32 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: Zhang Fei

I believe we should start arresting any Chinese in receipt of classified material.


8 posted on 09/19/2019 6:49:56 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Liberals - anathema to a free thinking society.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Todd Hohn

9 posted on 09/19/2019 6:50:23 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Innovative

[FedEx pilot detained, released by police in South China]


On bail. He’s still on the hook.


10 posted on 09/19/2019 6:52:35 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"I believe we should start arresting any Chinese in receipt of classified material."

But then who would chauffeur our senators?

11 posted on 09/19/2019 6:53:00 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Zhang Fei

A modified remake of “Cast Away”.

I don’t make light of this however. It’s an international incident.


12 posted on 09/19/2019 6:56:53 PM PDT by Migraine (There’s going to be a serious third-party candidate. Mark my words.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Exactly what I was thinking. Poor Diane Fecalstain would be in a lurch.


13 posted on 09/19/2019 6:58:16 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: Zhang Fei
He was a wing commander at the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma until 2017.

"A" Wing Commander? How many wings does Altus have?

Answer: one.

He was THE Wing Commander at Altus.

14 posted on 09/19/2019 7:02:56 PM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The media is after us. Trump's just in the way.)
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To: Truth29
It is time that all Americans get out of China and American tourism to China suspended as well. Any one of us could suddenly become a pawn by China to try and make President Trump back off.

Partner, we need to get all of our citizens back into the U.S. All companies must get out of China period and no ifs or buts about this.

The Chicoms have stolen our technology and continue to do this outright stealing in front of our eyes.

The Chicoms like to copy our technology so no more technology goes to China.

I do not think it was our intent on making the Chicoms the No. 1 nation on earth in technology and the No. 1 nation that everybody trades with every single day of the year.

The Chicoms need to stop cheating period.

President Trump is trying his best to stop the trading with the Chicoms. We have Rinos and the far left leaning liberals to contend with every single day of the year. President Trump is keeping track of who they are now since he was not a politician. He also has the corrupt FBI, corrupt CIA, and corrupt NSA.

15 posted on 09/19/2019 7:07:45 PM PDT by TheConservativeTejano (God Bless Texas...)
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Beto is taking notes.


16 posted on 09/19/2019 7:30:21 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Fed Ex should close up shop in Red China, period. Let them ship their own crap on their own crappy planes.


17 posted on 09/19/2019 7:46:15 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: butlerweave

“Chinese Communist Party has finally move to the Hostage-taking phase”


China has always taken ‘hostages’ if it will do something for them. They often institute an exit ban on a person in hopes that pressure will be put on a government or family members who are outside of China.

You never know if you have an exit ban until you try to leave the country. It’s one of the many reasons why those who work in Hong Kong try not to go to China at this time.


18 posted on 09/19/2019 7:49:41 PM PDT by teacherwoes (Indoctrination is often done under the shadow of a ballot)
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To: Zhang Fei
I do not happen to have a huge interest in visiting china, however, if I did I still would not.

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19 posted on 09/19/2019 7:51:09 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in-never, never,never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. Winston Churchill)
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To: Zhang Fei

One day China will nationalize US business interest and round up US citizens.


20 posted on 09/19/2019 7:52:52 PM PDT by setter
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