The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 2
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A2 SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL • DOWNED SPY PLANE Risky Ritual An entanglement begins with the shredding of metal aloft By CALVIN WOODWARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON — It had become a ritual over the South China Sea: The Americans lumbering along in their jalopy of the sky, the Chinese dogging them in their speedy fighter jets. Then the crunch and spray of shredded metal turned a risky exercise into a deadly one for a Chinese pilot. And President Bush, on his 71st day running the White House, was handed his first entanglement with a power he calls America's "strategic competitor." It is a nation that may have come into a windfall of U.S. intelligence when the crippled Navy plane came out of the sky Pilot says he wants to bail out Under a blazing tropical sun, pilot Wang Wei hurtled toward the choppy waters April 1 after his jet's collision with the Navy EP-3E, an outwardly rudimentary propeller plane packed with surveillance technology. A familiar pest to U.S. aviators, a defender of the motherland to the Chinese, father of a 6-year-old boy to his family, Wang radioed to a fellow F-8 pilot that he wanted to bail out. Those were his last known words. Two dozen Americans, on a plane about the size of a Boeing 737, could only sit out their own terror. With the nose cone gone and two of four propellers damaged or destroyed, the plane known as a "flying pig" plunged 8,000 feet before the pilot gained control, a U.S. official said. As Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, the descent was "pretty hairy." Wreclcing equipment, erasing secrets The crew apparently found the presence of mind amid the rows of radar consoles to begin wrecking high-tech spy equipment and erasing secrets before the emergency landing. How far they got is of exceptional interest to both countries. Twenty-six minutes after the collision, according to U.S. information, they were on blessed ground. But it was Chinese ground. And they were not invited. Their welcome to Hainan island, a onetime gangster paradise that calls itself the "Hawaii of China" with an eye to tourism, was all business. Chinese authorities brushed aside diplomatic niceties and boarded, U.S. officials said. Like road-rage adversaries arguing in the breakdown lane, officials from both countries began exchanging blame. Your plane swerved and hit ours, the Chinese said. Not so, said the Americans. They said their flying pig could not make such a sharp turn if it wanted to. "It's not a normal practice," Pacific Command chief Adm. Dennis Blair said, "to play bumpercars in the air" Bush gets word The incident happened late on the night of March 31, Washington time. Bush got first word in a phone call about 11 p.m. from Condoleezza Rice, his national security adviser Senior people at the Pentagon worked through the wee hours; sign sheets showed them going until 6 a.m. On Monday, Bush addressed "this incident" with measured words. He did not assign blame. He wanted the crew back and the plane, too, "without further damaging or tampering," he said. Bush had come to office with a new wariness of China, one that underscored the competitive nature of the relationship while recognizing the trading partners have many peaceful common interests. But it was actually during the last months of the Clinton administration that the United States began to step up its reconnaissance flights in the Pacific. Geopolitical interests are shifting to Asia, and specific tensions with China exist over matters such as U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Indeed, Wang was known to U.S. fliers for his past intercepts. In one instance, he was said to have flown so close to one plane that he could show the Americans his email address, presumably in case they wished to swap cat-and-mouse tales later It is not known whether the Americans took him up on the offer But they did take his picture. China / Two sides making case FROM PAGE A1 the other witnesses to the accident, our crew members," she said. "We also want to get access to the plane and the recording equipment." Bush receives letter State Department officials said the U.S. ambassador to China, retired Adm. Joseph Prue- her, and representatives from the Chinese foreign ministry met twice overnight in China. The White House also said the president received a letter from the wife of the missing Chinese pilot, Wang Wei. The letter from Ruan Guoqin also blamed the United States for the collision, according to the Xinhua news agency Bush expressed his regrets about the missing Chinese pilot in a speech Thursday to news­ paper editors, but his aides made clear no apology was forthcoming. Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said the two sides should be able to reach a solution. "I think if we lower the rhetoric and don't pound the table, there ought to be a way out of this," Hyde, R-Ill., said on CNN. "But the Chinese have to use common sense, too, and right now I don't see much of that on their side." The likeliest arrangement for a resolution is to have the two sides make their cases about the collision of the U.S. plane and a Chinese fighter jet at a special meeting of a joint maritime commission set up three years ago to enhance safety on the seas, a senior U.S. official has said. ' the ' . • ' - .'R .'^Salina Journal , • Conneertng communities uitihti^ormaUon ^; , • • , (USPS 478-060) ' ' ; Published seven days a week, 395 dajFS a year at 333 S, Fourth, P.O: Box 740, Sallha,KS'67402,bySali'naJourn'ailnc. i Periodical postage paid at Sallna, KS Postmaster, send changes of address.to: The Sallna Journal, P.O. 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ADVEBTISINC :i. >E-mall: sJaclvOsalJournal.com CUSSIF1ED AND DISPLAY AD HOURS: Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. mm EXTENSION 150 • HOURS: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. = »IX NUMBERS ALL DERARTMENTS 823 N 3207 NEWS DERAHTMENT 827-6363 SPORTTS 827-6060 r PRINTING COMPANY, INC. ^11 Ccicr 825-8124 115 W. Woodland In north Sallna Just off Santa Fe wwvi/.arrowprlntcQ.com Budget / Plan is bound for trash I " ATTENTION, SPRING FROM PAGE A1 •: -The implosion came this past iweek, when economic forecast- ;ers slashed their estimates for state revenue collections for the "next 15 months by more than $185 million. Graves proposed — and the Legislature has approved — a fiscal 2002 budget that spends more than $4.66 billion from the general fund, up $230 million or 5.4 percent from the current year. The general fund holds most of the state's tax revenue. But that plan is bound for the trash. When legislators return April 25 from their spring break, they will have to whittle the: increase in general fund spending down to about $45 million, just 1 percent above this year's level. The revenue estimates reflected forecasters' belief that the Kansas economy is cooling off. Nearly two-thirds of the reduction — $120 million — came in the estimate for sales tax collections, frequently seen as a barometer of consumer confidence and economic health. Forecasters predicted consumers would spend less than previously expected as they pay off high heating bills. Also, declines in the stock market lowered investment income and made Americans nervous about the future. "It's capitalism," said House Appropriations Chairman Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing. "Capitalism, over the long term, is growth, but there's ups and downs." But Wilk, Nichols and others say that Graves and legislators set the state up for its current problems. TV NEWS SHOWS '. Lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Vice President Dick Cheney; Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Dei.; Sen. John Breaux, D-La. CBS 'S "Face the Nation" — Secretary of State Coiin Poweii; Sen. Dick Lugar, R-ind.; Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Vice President Dick Cheney; Sen. Ridhard Shelby, R-Ala.; Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. CNN 'S "Late Edition" — National security adviser Condoleez­ za Rice; Sen. John Warner, R-Va.; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mlch.; Ken Lieberthal, former National Security Council Asia adviser; Richard Perle, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former assistant defense secretary for international security policy; retired Vice Adm. J.D. Williams. "Fox News Sunday" — Secretary of State Colin Powell; Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota. "The reality is that we've got a spending problem and not a taxing problem." Sen. Tim Huelskamp R-Fowler When he ran for re-election in 1998, Graves made much of his record in cutting taxes. In that year, he proposed a package of tax cuts worth about $170 million in the first yean When revenue forecasters revised their estimates up sharply, the governor increased the proposal to $252 million, and legislators quickly adopted it in the election year. This year. Graves has expressed some regret about the depth of those cuts. "You have to return to the scene of the crime," said Sen­ ate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. "The governor was out front and kind of trumped the Legislature." Hensley and some legislators contend the state essentially starved itself of money But others, particularly conservative Republicans, strongly disagree. "The reality is that we've got a spending problem and not a taxing problem," said Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who sits on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Ongoing commitments Huelskamp and some colleagues contend legislators made commitments that became ongoing parts of the budget. For example, in 1999 the Legislature reorganized the state's higher education system and promised extra appropriations of $43 million for fiscal 2001, rising to $54 million in fiscal 2002. Get Your ART Together! "If You Love It.. .Frame It! Framing I TAatfe 1 /2 block south GrS of Iron Ave. 121 S. Santa Fe, Salina, KS • (785) 827-9200 REQUEST FOR COMMENT Kansas State University invites comments from the public about the university as it prepares for evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the North Central Association - NCA. The University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Oct. 21-24, 2001, by a team representing the NCA's Higher Learning Commission. The team will review the institution's ability to remain in accredited status by continuing to meet the NCA's Criteria for Accreditation as well as its General Institutional Requirements. Comments should be sent directly to the NCA at the address below. They should address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs, and they must be in writing, signed, and include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Kansas State University - Comment Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, iL 60602 Also in 1999, lawmakers approved a 10-year, $13.9 billion transportation program. To help pay for it, they increased the percentage of sales tax revenues set aside for highway projects — which creates a $90 million obligation in fiscal 2002. General fund spending increased $171 million, or 4.1 percent in fiscal 2000. The expected increase for fiscal 2001 is only $66 million, or 1.5 percent. To sustain spending both years, the state ate into its treasury balances. 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