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China to search 1950 US bomber crash site

Associated Press / October 28, 2009

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BEIJING - China will search for the remains of US victims from an Air Force bomber that crashed nearly 60 years ago, state media said yesterday, a gesture of good will just weeks ahead of President Obama’s first visit to the country, on Nov. 15.

Efforts to find missing servicemen are deeply symbolic for the US and Chinese militaries, whose ties have been strained by US criticism of China’s military buildup and Chinese objections to US surveillance operations.

Reports say the US bomber caught fire and crashed on Nov. 5, 1950, while flying over southern Guangdong province. Its mission was not known. Records and eyewitness accounts indicated that four bodies were buried at the crash site.