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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.] [ 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.

Blitzer, Wolf;
King, John;
MacKinnon, Rebecca;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Weaver, Lisa Rose

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