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US-China Relations / Standoff / Plane Collision #439156

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 04, 2001
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(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) The diplomatic nuances in the standoff between the United States and China reported. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we regret the loss of the life of the Chinese pilot.] [China ambassador to United States YANG Jiechi - says the United States should take full responsibility and make an apology.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER - says the accident took place over international waters.]

(State Department: Andrea Koppel) The diplomatic exchange between the United States and China and why the United States will not apologize for the plane accident reviewed; details given from Powell's personal letter to Yang aimed at getting action from the Chinese government.

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Pentagon report that the EP-3 plane's crew destroyed information and equipment before landing featured; satellite photo shown of the plane in Hainan. [YANG - says China has the right to investigate the plane.] [Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Tom McINERNY - says the surveillance plane just follows a route.] The timeline of what likely happened prior to the collision and afterwards reviewed.

(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced. {Note: audio problems in Beijing report.}

(Beijing: Rebecca MacKinnon) The view from China about the latest diplomatic developments over the United States plane, including what the Chinese people and media are expressing about the United States intentions towards China, reviewed.

Blitzer, Wolf;
Koppel, Andrea;
MacKinnon, Rebecca;
McIntyre, Jamie

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