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US-China Relations / Plane Crew Release / Diplomacy / Lilley Interview #196439

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The resolution to the standoff between China and the United States that will lead to the return home of the plane crew now on Hainan Island, China, introduced; details given about unanswered questions.

(Hainan Island: David Wright) Telephone report on the preparations to get the crew off Hainan presented; photos shown of the 24 crew members.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The reaction of the White House to the end of the stalemate reviewed; details given of the overnight diplomacy. [President BUSH - says plans are underway to bring the servicemen home; expresses sorrow for the loss of a Chinese pilot.] [US ambassador to China Joseph PRUEHER - comments.] [With Bush, father of detainee Bob BLOCHER - comments on the circumstances.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - states the United States will not apologize.] What Bush has learned about the fragility of the US-China relations discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The key phrases in the United States letter to China that twice says "we are sorry" detailed.

(Beijing: Mark Litke) The reaction in China to the deal with the US featured; newspaper headline shown; details given of media coverage of the Beijing man in the street and of the demands not met by the US. [Beijing University STUDENT - says "we are weak."]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; State Department: Martha Raddatz) The questions of whether the United States will get the EP-3 plane back and when spy flights will resume discussed; satellite photograph shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with former ambassador to China James Lilley. [LILLEY - talks about the "long view" of US-China relations favored by the release of the crew members; says the Chinese military looks pretty bad for claiming the United States plane deliberately hit the Chinese plane.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reaction of family members to the United States plane crew presented. [Five RELATIVES - express their feelings.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Litke, Mark;
Moran, Terry;
Raddatz, Martha;
Wright, David
Duration:
00:11:00

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