Diplomats from the Chinese Embassy in Serbia and Serbian government officials held a commemorative event in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Saturday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the former Yugoslavia in 1999.
Wreaths were laid by Tian Yishu, charge d’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Serbia and other Chinese diplomats, the Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, and other citizens and officials from both sides were present to commemorate the deaths of three Chinese journalists killed during the bombing.
On March 24, 1999, NATO started a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, claiming thousands of lives including those of three Chinese citizens: Shao Yunhuan, Xu Xinghu and Zhu Ying.
Tian said that Chinese people will never forget the barbaric atrocity NATO committed. Neither will they forget that NATO bombarded the country for 78 consecutive days under the guise of “safeguarding human rights.”
Vulin said that the NATO invasion in 1999 was a crime against a sovereign nation and its people, and seriously violated international law.
NATO still owes the Chinese people a debt of blood, the spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said at a press conference on February 24.
Ironically, while people in China and Serbia are commemorating the deaths of victims of US-driven NATO’s barbaric atrocities 23 years ago, NATO has not abetted in its expansionist agenda nor tempered down its aggression, fanning the flames on the Ukraine crisis and defaming China with slanderous accusations.
Chinese analysts warn countries, especially those in Asia, to keep on high alert when it comes to NATO’s expansionism and confrontational agenda.