US Spy plane crew permitted to do sports, get e-mail

Tuesday, a fifth meeting was held in Haikou, the seat of the Hainan island province administration, between US diplomats and the 24 members of the US spy plane crew, who have been held for 10 days now. The crew of the US spy plane that was forced to perform an unauthorized, emergency landing on the Lingshui Aerodrome, have been granted permission to do sports and get e-mail messages. Smoking members of the crew are provided with cigarettes. The US servicemen have everything they need, including English-language newspapers, US Military Attache of the Embassy in Beijing, Neal Sealock, disclosed. He has kept in touch with the US crew in Haikou. Meanwhile, officials at the Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China confirmed Tuesday that Washington and Beijing were not breaking off the consultations to resolve the incident that results from the collisions of the two nations' aircraft. The crew's return to the US is on the agenda, among other things.

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