CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 2001
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) The release of the United States plane crew from Hainan Island, China, as part of a carefully drafted US-China agreement featured; details given of the 11-day negotiations to end the standoff. [President BUSH - says we welcome our crew home.] [Mothers of crew members Sandry GUIDRY, Tilda YOUNG - react.] United States ambassador Joseph Prueher's letter to the Chinese minister of foreign affairs saying "we are very sorry" quoted. [Hainan provincial government CHEN Chi - tells the United States to stop sending aircraft over the Chinese coast for reconnaissance activities.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer; Hainan: Lisa Rose Weaver) The detention of two CNN news staffers on Hainan Island as a routine part of reporting in China discussed.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer; Beijing: Rebecca MacKinnon) The reaction in China to the release of the United States crew discussed; details given about media coverage, the issues of violation of Chinese air space, the loss of pilot Wang Wei and the Internet chatroom view that China let the United States off easily.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer; White House: Kelly Wallace) Bush's reaction to the release of the crew members and the details of the movement towards the agreement between the United States and China reviewed.
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The broader questions about what will happen to the damaged plane, what caused the collision and how incidents can be avoided in the future reviewed; satellite photos shown of the plane. [US Pacific commander Admiral Dennis BLAIR - says there will be a follow-up meeting with the Chinese government.] [Retired Navy Admiral Eric McVADON - suggests what changes may be made in the reconnaissance flights.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN- cites the importance of continuing the flights.]
(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) CNN live coverage of the Pentagon briefing noted.