BEIJING, JULY 14 -- The U.S. Air Force plans to evacuate an American AIDS victim from China at a cost to his family of slightly less than $40,000, American Embassy officials said here today.

Chinese provincial health officials identified the victim of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome as Brent Anderson, 38, an American tourist who has been stranded since June 18 in a provincial hospital in remote southwestern China.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Beijing said today that an American military plane from Clark Air Base in the Philippines is scheduled to fly Anderson from Kunming to Clark on Wednesday and then on to the United States. Embassy officials said that family members had raised the funds to bring in the military plane.

Anderson was being kept in isolation in the Yunnan No. 1 People's Hospital in Kunming and could not be reached for comment. But a fellow American patient in the Kunming hospital, who asked not to have his name disclosed, told reporters by telephone that physicians and nurses treating Anderson were frightened and anxious to get the American out of their hospital.

{There have been only a handful of AIDS cases reported in China and just three confirmed deaths, The Associated Press reported: a Chinese hemophiliac who had been treated with imported blood products, an Argentine tourist and a Chinese man who died after returning from New York.}

Conditions in Chinese provincial hospitals are often primitive by western standards, and Anderson was said to be eager to return to the United States. {The AP said Anderson's parents live in Upper Arlington, Ohio, a Columbus suburb.}

Anderson's plight and the cost of evacuating him raised a number of troubling questions for the United States and other governments.

For several weeks, it appeared that Anderson was a man without a country. The Chinese wanted him out of China and offered to fly him on the Chinese national airline as far as Shanghai, where he might have been able to connect with two U.S. commercial carriers -- United Airlines and Northwest Orient.

{Rob Doughty, a United spokesman in Chicago, denied that his airline was asked to fly Anderson. "We do not discriminate against people with this disease," Doughty said. But he added that United, if asked, could not have moved Anderson from Shanghai because the L1011 Tristar it flies there does not go beyond Tokyo, where the special stretcher he requires would have to be dismantled and then installed onto a 707 for the trip across the Pacific. Besides, Doughty said, the stretcher takes up nine coach seats and "we have no seats open throughout July" from Shanghai.

{Redmond Tyler, a Northwest spokesman in Minneapolis, said his airline had refused to fly Anderson from Shanghai for two reasons: a "corporate policy that we do not knowingly carry any passenger with a communicable disease," and concern that "a seriously ill patient, on a stretcher accompanied by two nurses, could not withstand a journey of 16 hours that would transit a third country."}

Diplomats in Beijing said that Hong Kong's government had refused permission for the AIDS victim to pass through the British colony.