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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
Chinese press slams US 'arrogance'
US Admiral Dennis Blair
Admiral Blair: "Playing a dangerous game"
China's press has accused the United States of arrogance and double standards over Sunday's collision between a Chinese jet fighter and a US spy plane.

And internet users have been keen to add their comments on the incident.

The collision is likely to fray already strained Sino-US relations

China Daily

A signed article in China Daily pulled no punches. "'Accident' is apparently the best and only explanation Washington can churn out to explain incidents it thinks might tarnish its fragile international reputation."

Dangerous game

It said that after the collision, "Washington's officials appeared all hot and bothered, and rushed to shrug off responsibility for the incident."

Washington's frosty response towards the Chinese pilot's predicament is indicative of the double standard the United States has adopted on human rights

China Daily

"Anyone with common sense can clearly see who should take responsibility for the collision."

"Washington's claim that the collision was a result of the Chinese jet bumping the US plane accidentally only attests to US arrogance in managing bilateral relations," the China Daily writer says.

Double standards

"Washington's frosty response towards the Chinese pilot's predicament is indicative of the double standard the United States has adopted on human rights. In Washington's eyes, their citizens' lives are more valuable than others'."

The People's Daily echoes this tough line on the incident.

We can (and have) always spied on the US

Net posting

"It is without doubt an infringement of Chinese airspace and sovereignty that US planes arbitrarily roar into China's airspace without permission... The rights and wrongs of the matter are extermely clear.

"The bandit logic of hegemonism cannot work in the face of the Chinese people, and you should not be so proud on account of your strength," the People's Daily writer says.

Surfers used the web forum linked to the People's Daily newspaper to criticise the USA.

"How can you intrude into another's home without permission and claim yourself innocent?", asked one web user.

But others were inclined to be more forgiving. One attacked the US for spying, and evoked the response:

Send a missile and destroy the White House. Chinese rules!

Net posting

"So what. As long as it is in legal territory, we can't do anything about that. Plus, we can (and have) always spied on the US."

And there was at least one call for extreme action.

"Send a missile and destroy the White House. Chinese rules!", read one of the postings.

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03 Apr 01 | Asia-Pacific
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