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US-China Relations / Standoff / Diplomacy / Lilley Interview #397991

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Apr 07, 2001
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(Studio: Thalia Assuras) The latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between the United States and China over the American EP-3 now on Hainan Island, China, introduced.

(Studio: Thalia Assuras; Washington: David Martin) The status of the negotiations to free the plane's crew members discussed; photos shown of President Bush and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice at Camp David, of the missing Chinese pilot and of the damaged plane; details given of the likely content of a letter to China that will result in the freeing of the crew after this hard-line Chinese rhetoric.

(Beijing: Barry Petersen) The anti-US media campaign in China reviewed; scenes and photos shown of Ruan Guogin, the distraught wife of pilot Wang Wei and of President Jiang Zemin visiting Latin America; details given of the powerful role of China's military. [Asia policy expert Kenneth LIEBERTHAL - assesses the perspective of the Chinese military.]

(Studio: Thalia Assuras) Report introduced.

(Hainan: Kimberly Dozier) Telephone report on the latest meeting of American diplomats with the plane's crew featured; photograph of the crew shown.

(Studio: Thalia Assuras) Interview held with former United States ambassador to China James Lilley. [LILLEY - explains why China wants an apology from the US; suggests the military is covering up the Chinese pilot's role in the accident.]

Assuras, Thalia;
Dozier, Kimberly;
Martin, David;
Petersen, Barry

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