This program is 28 minutes long
NOTE: Special Report: US/China Standoff
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) The continuing standoff between China and the US over the American plane in Hainan featured; details given of the diplomacy led by Secretary of State Colin Powell. [President BUSH - regrets that a Chinese pilot is missing, but our servicemen need to come home.] [In Chile, Chinese President JIANG Zemin - (thru translator) wants an apology.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER - comments.]
(White House: John King) The behind-the-scenes diplomatic activity reviewed; details given of United States lawmakers' criticism of China and of Powell's mission to update Congress and to urge the lawmakers to stop making inflammatory statements.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Previous close encounters between US surveillance planes and Chinese pilot Wang Wei reviewed. [Senator Richard LUGAR - says Wang took daring maneuvers.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN - says a protest about the fighter planes was lodged in January.] [Pentagon spokesman R/Admiral Craig QUIGLEY - comments on the EP-3 crew; discounts suggestion Navy pilot Shane Osborn should have ditched the plane at sea.]
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer; Beijing: Rebecca MacKinnon) The positive portrayal in China of the Chinese pilot and the blaming of the United States plane for the collision discussed.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Interview held with former United States ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke about the standoff between China and the US. [HOLBROOKE - says this is a not yet a "crisis" but is a problem; suggests China is beginning to realize they will have to give the crewmen back because of a mistake by a Chinese pilot; comments on a newly released 1970s memo from President Richard Nixon about China; defends how President Bill Clinton's administration would have handled this problem; notes that Chinese-US interests will be long-term.] Editorial in today's Wall Street Journal quoted.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Interview held with Representative Mark Kirk about the EP-3 plane that landed on Hainan Island, China. [From Capitol Hill, KIRK - explains how EP-3 pilot Shane Osborn and his crew would have destroyed as much of the classified documents as possible to protect national security interests, but much of the equipment in the plane is now in Chinese hands and would yield an intelligence benefit.]
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Report that the United States is closing three embassies in South America (Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay) because of security threats reported.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Today's surge on Wall Street due to earnings reports from Dell and Alcoa reported. "Stock Market Report".
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Statement from State Department spokesman Richard Boucher that Israel's plans to expand West Bank settlements is provocative reported; details given of the latest exchange between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Acknowledgement from the Marine Corps that defects in the Osprey plane caused the December crash reported.
(Washington: Wolf Blitzer) Announcement by President Bush's administration that it will continue testing school meat for salmonella reported.