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US-China Relations / Standoff / Diplomacy / Whidbey Island, Washington #638308

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 07, 2001
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The status of the standoff between the United States and China introduced.

(White House: John Palmer) The diplomatic negotiations between China and the US over the return of the crew of the EP-3 plane now on Hainan Island, China, featured; details given of the American officials' meeting with the detained Americans. [US ambassador to Beijing Admiral Joseph PREUHER - comments on the negotiations.] Chinese photos of missing pilot Wang Wei shown. Letter from Wang's wife to President Bush calling him too cowardly to give an apology quoted. [Local Chinese OFFICIAL (with transcription on screen) - calls for an apology.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Beijing: Ned Colt) The longstanding anti-American attitudes within the Chinese military and among China's college students examined; details given of the Chinese view of the plane accident and China's dilemma in holding the hard line while needing United States trade. [University STUDENT - (thru translator) says it is an issue of sovereignty.] [Former ambassador to China James SASSER - outlines the Chinese view.] [Brookings Institution Nicholas LARDY - cites US-China trade.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Whidbey Island, WA: Shellee Smith) The roller coaster week for the families of the 24 detained crew members featured; scenes shown of church services on Whidbey Island, WA. [Navy League Helen CHATFIELD-WEEKS - hopes the hearts of the Chinese leaders can be softened.] [Mothers of crew detainees Sandy BLOCHER, Amanda de JESUS - comment on the time frame and their family members as pawns.] [On the island, WOMAN, Navy wife Shannon HATHAWAY, antique shop owner Mickey WILLIAMS - comment on the situation.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Further coverage on tomorrow's Meet the Press noted.

Colt, Ned;
Palmer, John;
Seigenthaler, John;
Smith, Shellee

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