Two matters stand out in the four-day standoff between China and
the United States:
The claim by the US Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Dennis Blair that while the US “physically cannot prevent the Chinese from boarding the plane", the spy-plane is protected by the “concept of sovereign immunity" is most ludicrous, a reflection of US super-power arrogance and must be rejected by all sovereign nations.
China has every right to examine the US spy-plane now that it is on its territory.
The assertion of the US ambassador to China, Joseph Prueher, that China had no legal basis to hold the crew is also untenable.
The onus is now on President George W. Bush to end the international diplomatic incident with a fulsome apology for the US spy-plane’s incursion into Chinese air space and collision with a Chinese jet to resolve the diplomatic row without harming long-term bilateral relations between the two countries and international peace.