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US-China Relations / Standoff / Diplomacy #638279

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 05, 2001
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The active negotiations with the Chinese over the release of the crew members of the United States plane featured; details given of the issues of free trade with China, weapons sales to Taiwan and China's demands for an apology for the plane accident. [President BUSH - says the Chinese have to act quickly and my mission is to bring our people home.] [Senator Don NICKLES - says we don not need a Cold War with China.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The background of the Chinese pilot Wang Wei, who was killed in the crash, reviewed; details given of his reputation for reckless flying. [In Hainan, United States embassy military attache Brigadier General Neal SEALOCK; White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER - want access to the American crew.] [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral Craig QUIGLEY - says it is no surprise the crew has been interviewed.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - comments on the pilot's skill level.] Animated diagram shown of what may have happened in the crash.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Andrea Mitchell) The implications of the standoff for US-China reactions examined; scenes shown of Chinese basketball player Wang Zhizhi, who will play in the NBA; details given of the growing trade market in China for the US. [Senator Kay Bailey HUTCHISON - hopes China will see the big picture.] [Former United States ambassador to China Stapleton ROY - cites the risks for China.] [BUSH - talks about China as a trading partner.] [Former United States trade representative Carla HILLS - comments on the economic exchanges.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Gregory, David;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea

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