China, Serbia honor victims of NATO bombing of Chinese Embassy in 1999
China and Serbia remember NATO's "invasion in 1999, which was a crime against sovereignty."
On Saturday, diplomats from the Chinese Embassy in Serbia and Serbian government officials commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the former Yugoslavia in 1999 in Belgrade, Serbia's capital.
Wreaths were laid by Tian Yishu, charge d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Serbia, and other Chinese diplomats, as well as Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, and other citizens and officials from both sides.
NATO launched a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999, killing thousands of people, including three Chinese citizens, Shao Yunhuan, Xu Xinghu, and Zhu Ying.
The Chinese people, according to Tian, will never forget the terrible atrocity done by NATO. They will also never forget that NATO bombed the country for 78 days in a row in the name of "human rights protection."
On May 7, 1999, NATO bombed the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Chinese people will never forget such barbaric atrocities and will never allow the historical tragedy to be repeated. pic.twitter.com/DGIxD23akD— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) May 6, 2022
The NATO invasion of 1999, according to the Serbian Interior Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, was a crime against a sovereign nation and its people, as well as a significant violation of international law.
Serbia is still calling for NATO to take responsibility for its crimes, and Serbia will always be a reliable friend to China, Vulin noted.
At a press briefing on February 24, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stated that NATO still owes the Chinese people blood debt.
While people in China and Serbia commemorate the deaths of victims of US-led NATO's brutal actions 23 years ago, NATO has continued to pursue its expansionist agenda, fueling the flames of the Ukraine conflict and slandering China with false charges.
Chinese analysts warn countries, especially in Asia, to stay aware of NATO's expansionism and confrontational agenda.