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President Bush on the China Incident

They are home!
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• April 2, 2001
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April 5, 2001
April 11, 2001
They Are Home!
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"What do you think of this incident? How is President Bush doing in dealing with his first foreign relations challenge"
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"Bush has dropped the ball so far. The Chinese have called the shots, but they've let their pride spite the faces of their own best interests. No one is acting like an adult. I say apologize..."
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The twenty-four US Navy fliers detained on China's Hainan Island are home! [...More]

Statements From the White House

April 12, 2001
"Good afternoon.  A short time ago I had the opportunity to speak to the 24 members of our United States flight crew and welcome them home to America."

April 11, 2001 
"I'm pleased to be able to tell the American people that plans are underway to bring home our 24 American servicemen and women from Hainan Island.

April 5, 2001 (Remarks to the American Society of Newspaper Editor's Convention)
"Our relationship with China is very important.  But they need to realize that it's time for our people to be home." [...More]

April 3, 2001
"I want to report to the American people, and especially to the families involved, that I've just talked with Brigadier General Sealock, who, earlier today, met with our 24 men and women in China." [...More]

April 2, 2001
"Late Saturday night in Washington, Sunday morning in China, a United States naval maritime patrol aircraft on a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the South China Sea collided with one of two Chinese fighters that were shadowing our plane." [...More]

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2001

Secretary Rumsfeld: "Arrangements for the return of the 24 men and women of the U.S. Navy EP-3 are moving forward. The Department of Defense is working on the details of bringing them home as soon as the diplomatic arrangements have been finalized. Issues relating to the release of the EP-3 aircraft are still being discussed. The American people can be justifiably proud of the crew and their service to our country."


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