Saturday, May 8, 1999 Published at 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
The Chinese embassy strike in quotes
Diplomats watch the embassy burn in a state of shock
Below is a selection of the most compelling sound bites and quotes from key players commenting on the strike.
A government statement read out on Chinese TV severely condemned what it called a "barbaric attack and a gross violation of Chinese sovereignty".
And the Chinese ambassador to the UN, Qin Huasan, described the bombing as a violation of the UN charter.
Some of them in tears, the students explained how they had seen television reports of the destruction of their country's embassy.
Many demanded a full apology for the incident.
Nato's admission was accompanied by a statement from the organisation's Secretary General, Javier Solana.
But despite the admission, Mr Solana reitterated the determination of the alliance to continue with the air campaign.
"There's no such thing as clean combat," he said in reference to the attack.
At an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, China again condemned the bombing and accused Nato of carrying out a war crime.
"Obviously the Chinese, who are permanent members of the Security Council, are not pleased with this incident," said Mr Annan.
The United States expressed deep regret for any casualties, and Britain said it was tragic that China had been caught up in the attack.
It is believed the embassy was hit in mistake for a building where his paramilitary forces are believed to stay in Belgrade.
He strongly attacked Nato for its "aggression against the Chinese people".
"Of all embassies I suppose that - after the Russian embassy - the Chinese is perhaps the one Nato should least like to have hit, " said Mr Djilas.