A FedEx pilot was temporarily jailed in China – and several such incidents are likely to come, an expert warns.
As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the pilot, a former US Air Force colonel, was arrested in Guangzhou on September 12 while awaiting a commercial flight to Hong Kong after deliveries.
He was reportedly accused of illegally carrying ammunition because his check bag had non-metallic air pellets used in replica air guns.
Gordon Chang, author of "The Coming Collapse of China," told FOX Business that China will use some funds available to attack the United States
"China has gone hostage and it will only get worse , ”Said Chang.
At the beginning of the year, the US State Department renewed a China warning of so-called exit bans, "sometimes keeping US citizens in China for years."
The incident also comes after several packages to be sent to telecommunications giant Huawei were diverted, forcing FedEx's China arm to apologize. Regulators later accused the company of committing "violations" and suspected that more than 1
Chang said he was surprised that it took so long for China to retaliate against the company.
A FedEx spokesman confirmed in a statement to FOX Business that one of its pilots was jailed and later released on bail after an item was found in the luggage prior to a commercial flight.
"We work with the right authorities to get a better understanding of the facts," the spokesman said.
A rival UPS spokesman declined to comment on the situation.
Meanwhile, FedEx is dealing with potential economic headwinds in China related to the ongoing trade war.
The company cut its surplus forecast for the whole of 2020 by as much as around 30 percent, citing trade tensions and policy uncertainty.
This week, discussions at executive level between officials from the world's two largest economies are underway to prepare for the thirteenth round of high-level negotiations next month.  However, President Trump has stated that he would not enter into a trade agreement unless it is "fair" to the United States. According to a new report on Thursday, if a deal cannot be reached in the near future, a US president may be prepared to further curb pressure on China.
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