U.S. couple’s nightmare: Held in China, away from daughter

SHANGHAI (AP) — In 2017, Chinese authorities placed exit bans on U.S. citizen Daniel Hsu and his wife, Jodie Chen, blocking them from returning home to suburban Seattle and effectively orphaning their 16-year-old daughter in America. Hsu was held in solitary confinement for six months, though he is not guilty of any crime. He says his detention was part of a bid to force his father to return to China to face corruption charges. Critics say the Chinese Communist Party’s expanding use of exit bans to block people from leaving reeks of hostage-taking and violates international law.