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US-China Relations / Spy Plane Standoff #439125

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 03, 2001
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(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) The continuing standoff between the United States and China following the landing of a United States EP-3 plane on Hainan, China, after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet introduced. [President BUSH - says this accident could undermine our hopes for a fruitful relationship with China.] [Chinese foreign ministry ZHU Gangzao - (thru translator) says the United States must take full responsibility.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says the matter could have been resolved.] The tension between the United States and China over Taiwan and the recent defection of a Chinese military officer to the US noted.

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Hainan Island: Lisa Rose Weaver) The mood on Hainan Island during the diplomatic standoff reviewed; photograph shown of the damaged American plane.

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Pentagon report on the extent of the damage to the Navy surveillance plane featured; photos shown of the plane, which is packed with super-secret listening devices that are being stripped by China. [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral Craig QUIGLEY - says the aircraft was in danger.] [Navy Captain William MARRIOTT - comments on the plane's lack of maneuverability.] [GlobalSecurityOrg.com director John PIKE - says this could be a setback for American military intelligence.]

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer; Beijing: Rebecca MacKinnon) China's hard-line public stance that it is the victim in the plane accident and the prospects for a division between moderates and hard-liners in the Chinese leadership discussed.

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The status of the American crew members held in China while diplomatic talks go on reviewed and the division with the administration on dealing with China discussed.

Reporter(s):
Blitzer, Wolf;
King, John;
MacKinnon, Rebecca;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Weaver, Lisa Rose
Duration:
00:10:50

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