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US-China Relations / Standoff / Cohen Interview #397956

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 05, 2001
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the "China challenge" after a United States plane landed in Hainan following the collision with a Chinese fighter jet, reviewed.

(Washington: David Martin) The negotiations for the release of the plane's crew featured; details given of a deal that could be worked out between China and the US; photos shown of the damaged American EP-3 plane. [President BUSH - expresses regret for the missing Chinese pilot.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: John Roberts) The view from the White House on the standoff with China featured. [BUSH - comments on the United States relationship with China; says his mission is to bring our people home.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Beijing: Barry Petersen) CBS exclusive report on how things in China spun out of control as the military stepped in with its own agenda to prevent an immediate return of the plane and its crew presented; details given as to why Chinese President Jiang Zemin upped the ante and set a hard-line position. [On Monday, BUSH - says the plane and crew should be returned.] [Foreign ministry spokesman SUN Yu Xi - (thru translator) says the United States should apologize; says questioning the crew is justifiable.] [Asia policy expert Kenneth LIEBERTHAL - comments on China's position.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Interview held with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen about a previous incident with Chinese planes. [COHEN - explains how the prior incident was handled; says Bush had to make a statement of firm resolve; states the United States has no need to apologize for being in international air space.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Jerry Bowen) One town's reaction to its hometown hero EP-3 plane pilot Captain Shane Osborn featured; scenes shown from Parkston, SD, where people tied up yellow ribbons. [Crew members aunt Marcia LEE - comments on the miraculous landing of the plane.] [Crew member's grandmother Betty RIECK - comments.]

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

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