Hainan Island Incident

Talks aim at averting military incidents

United States and Chinese military officials held talks in Shanghai yesterday aimed at avoiding incidents at sea or in international air space, such as the mid-air collision between US and Chinese planes off Hainan Island last year.

Friday, 12 April, 2002, 12:00am

Envoys describe tarmac drama of crew 'completing check-list' as troops barked orders outside

The US air crew held off Chinese soldiers for 15 minutes after their plane was forced to land on Hainan Island, apparently gaining extra time to destroy data and equipment, senior US diplomats said yesterday.

The soldiers, who had surrounded the EP-3E Aries II spy plane yelling orders to the 24 crew, took over the aircraft without a fight, they said.

14 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Steps outlined to resolve issue

The text of Ambassador Joseph W. Prueher's letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Tang Jiaxuan.

Dear Mr Minister:

On behalf of the United States Government, I now outline steps to resolve this issue.

12 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Likely announcement of missing pilot's death could offer opportunity for Bush condolences

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yixi felt the heat of reporters' questions and had difficulty providing answers on China's position regarding the spy plane crisis at yesterday's Foreign Ministry briefing.

6 Apr 2001 - 12:00am