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US-China Relations / Plane Standoff / Diplomacy / Lord Interview #196770

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 03, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Chinese news agency pictures shown of the damaged EP-3 plane that landed on Hainan, China, after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. [President BUSH - says it is time for our servicemen and women to return home; adds that this accident could undermine our relations with China.]

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The long, frustrating day for United States diplomats meeting with the Chinese and with the flight crew reviewed; details given of the damages to the plane. [Voice of United States embassy defense attache Brigadier General Neal SEALOCK - hopes for cooperation with our Chinese counterparts.] [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral Craig QUIGLEY - says there is no unambiguous term for the status of the flight crew.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Beijing: Mark Litke) The tough talk from the Chinese leadership about the plane collision examined; statements from Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and the Chinese foreign ministry official Zhu Bangzao quoted. [University of Michigan professor Kenneth LIEBERTHAL - says the Chinese military will take apart the plane to learn about our capabilities.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; White House: Terry Moran) The response from the Bush administration discussed; details given of the issue of China's request for an apology from the US.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with former ambassador to China Winston Lord about the incident. [LORD - analyzes China's response to the American plane incident; predicts China will not hold the crew too long nor will they rupture relations with the US.]

Jennings, Peter;
Litke, Mark;
McWethy, John;
Moran, Terry

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