- BEIJING (XINHUA) - China's leading newspaper, the People's Daily, has
accused the U.S.-led NATO strikes against the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade
as brutal infringement upon China's sovereignty and national dignity, and
a serious threat to world peace and security.
- In a commentary entitled "Serious
Threat to World Peace" to be published Wednesday, the paper pointed
out that U.S.- led NATO strikes against the Chinese Embassy have shocked
the whole world and ignited wide-spread condemnation and indignation among
the world people.
- Quoting Chinese President Jiang Zemin
as saying, "The U.S.-led NATO must bear full responsibility for the
atrocity, or the Chinese people will not leave the matter at that,"
the paper pointed out that any prevarication such accident" can never
- Development and peace have become the
irresistible trend of the world since the end of the cold war. As a cold-war-time
military organization, NATO, manipulated by the U.S., did not disband with
the end of the cold war, but kept growing larger to the contrary of the
expectation of the world people, said the paper.
- According to its so-called "new
strategic concept" made public late April, NATO has developed from
a defensive organization to an offensive military and political one, which
can extend its military actions to areas beyond the north Atlantic and
wage war against any country without authorization from the United Nations.
- Obviously, this is a new strategic concept
of hegemonism inflated, and NATO's military attack against Yugoslavia the
United Nations is a practice of this concept, said the paper.
- The paper added the U.S.-led NATO military
strike against Yugoslavia is a downright gunboat policy. In history, the
Western powers ran wild by relying on advanced cannons and boats. Today,
the U.S.-led NATO uses high-tech weapons to wantonly bomb a smallnation
and even wantonly raided the embassy of a permanent member of the U.N.
Security Council in flagrant defiance of the U.N. Charter and basic principles
governing international relations.
- Such new gunboat policy is more fierce
and more dangerous, and poses greater threat to world peace, the paper
warned, calling on all the peace-loving people in the world and responsible
politicians of various countries to be highly vigilant against this dangerous
tendency of U.S.-led NATO.
- The paper stressed that major powers
bear unshirkable responsibilities for safeguarding world peace and security.
In their telephone conversation on May 10, President Jiang Zemin and Russian
President Boris Yeltsin agreed that, as Security Council permanent members
and countries with vital influence in the world, China and Russia bear
strong responsibilities for maintaining justice and defending peace. They
noted that China and Russia have cooperated well on the Kosovo and other
important international issues and will continue to keep in close contact
to make their efforts for the maintaining of world peace and security.
- The paper finally urged all the peace-loving
countries to work together to immediately halt the extremely barbaric military
actions against Yugoslavia by the U.S.-led NATO in defense of world peace.