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Recon plane coming home - in crates

Thursday, 24 May 2001 12:00 AM

"The United States has submitted a proposal to take apart the plane and take it back to the United States," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said Thursday, adding "the Chinese have agreed to that."

No time frame was mentioned for the return of the U.S. Navy's EP-3 surveillance plane, which has been on Hainan Island since April 1 following a collision with a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea.

Washington had earlier expressed a hope that the aircraft could be repaired and flown home on its own, but China has refused to allow that to happen, hinting such a move would be embarrassing for Beijing.

The pilot of the Chinese plane was lost in the collision and has since been lionized by state-run media.

The standoff following the accident heightened tension between China and the United States as the recon plane's 24 crew members were held for 11 days until Washington expressed regret for the incident.

However, many Chinese still believe their government gave in too easily to Washington and appeared weak after the loss of a Chinese pilot.

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