Former US Air Force colonel Todd Hohn (pictured in 2016) has been identified as the FedEx pilot who was detained and released in Guangzhou, China, last week. Photo: US Air Force via AP

China confirms detention and release of American FedEx pilot after airgun pellets allegedly found in luggage

  • Foreign ministry said the US pilot was released on bail pending further investigation
  • It is plausible that China issued instructions to local authorities to ‘harass’ FedEx, says Jorge Guajardo, a former Mexican ambassador to China
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Former US Air Force colonel Todd Hohn (pictured in 2016) has been identified as the FedEx pilot who was detained and released in Guangzhou, China, last week. Photo: US Air Force via AP
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.