CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 13, 2001
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(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Interview held with "Time" magazine's Michael Weisskopf and "Chicago Tribune" columnist Clarence Page about President Bush's handling of the standoff with China. [WEISSKOPF - says Bush did the wrong thing for the first 48 hours and did beautifully over the next 9 days to get the 24 people home; suggests Bush "blinked" first and in the end China gave us what we wanted; says the question is how the Chinese leadership will react to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's remarks; reiterates that China wants international respect after a long period of isolation.] [PAGE - says Bush was able to keep his own Republican hard-liners at bay; reviews the stalemate and the diplomacy allowing both sides to claim victory; comments on Rumsfeld's position blaming China; reviews the issues between China and the US; says this incident was a setback for China.] Statement from "New York Times" columnist Thomas Friedman quoted.
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