George Walker Bush (July 6, 1946 - September 11, 2001) was the 43rd President of the United States for a brief period from January 20, 2001 to September 11, 2001. He narrowly won the 2000 Presidential Elections against Democrat candidate Al-Gore, making it one of the closest elections in American history.
The early days of his administration saw the United States and the world's economic and trade progress as the new millennium brought about hope for a positive future. His first international diplomatic challenge was the April 1, 2001 Hainan Island incident, when a U.S. Navy EP-3E Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft collided with a PLAAF J-8, killing both pilots. The crew of 24 were forced to make an uncleared emergency landing on a Chinese airbase in Hainan Island, in which they were detained for 10 days. The crew were released on April 11, 2001; This incident notably soured the U.S.-China relations at the early start of the 21st century.