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US-China Relations / Spy Plane Standoff #397907

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 03, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The crisis involving the holding of a United States spy plane and its 24-member crew by the Chinese government featured; details given of the first meeting of an American general with the crew, China's refusal return the crew without an apology for the presumed death of a Chinese fighter pilot whose jet hit the spy plane; photos and computer animation shown of the damaged plane. [President BUSH - says the crew are in good health.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says he hopes a resolution comes quickly.] [Patrol Wing Commander Captain William MARRIOTT - says the Chinese will take advantage of having access to the plane.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: John Roberts) Bush's response to the spy plane standoff and demands for China to return the crew to the United States reported. [BUSH - says it is time for the crew to return.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Beijing: Barry Petersen) The media coverage and government response in China to the spy plane standoff examined. [China foreign ministry spokesperson ZHU Bangzao(thru translator) - says the United States is to blame.] [US ambassador to China Joseph PRUEHER - says he hopes to find a solution.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Interview held with former United States Ambassador to China James Sasser. [SASSER - says the United States should not apologize; says the plane was in international air space; says the crew should not be considered prisoners yet.]

(Whidbey Island Naval Air Station: Jerry Bowen) The reaction of the families of the plane's crew members being held in China featured. [Crew member's father Ramon MERCADO, crew member's ex-wife Darlene EDMUNDS, crew member's father Tom CRANDALL, crew member's sister Barbara DiSTESANO - comment on their family members.] [Teacher Janice SMITH - says crew member Wendy Westbrook was "adventurous".] [Patrol Wing Commander Captain William MARRIOTT - says the collision was clearly an accident.]

Bowen, Jerry;
Martin, David;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan;
Roberts, John

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