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US-China Relations / Standoff (Shelby Interview) #439159

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 04, 2001
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(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Interview held with Senator Richard Shelby about the diplomatic standoff with China over the plane collision. [Earlier, China ambassador to United States YANG Jiechi - says China has every right to carry out an investigation of the collision and that the United States should apologize to China because it is our aircraft that was lost.] [On Capitol Hill, SHELBY - says the United States should not apologize because we have not done anything wrong in this accident; claims China is holding our airmen as "hostages," because they are being held against their will by the Chinese government; suggests Congress should back President Bush, who is commander- in-chief and we should be careful about our relations with China; says we don't know yet how damaging the situation is with the intelligence aboard the surveillance plane; affirms the United States has a right to operate in international air space and that United States Congressmen will not go to visit China this spring.]

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