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Monday, May 10, 1999 Published at 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK


World press on the embassy bombing

Bodies of the victims have been placed in a Belgrade chapel

The Chinese media has roundly comdemned Nato's attack on the country's Yugoslav embassy.

The Communist Party's People's Daily accused Nato of a "savage violation of Chinese sovereignty".

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It said the "atrocity had kindled strong opposition from all peace-loving states [which] exposed the aggressors' evil".

The English-language China Daily called the attack "inhumane" and said the United States and its Nato allies should be punished for violating international law.

In an editorial, the paper also calls for "an immediate end to their Nazi-like bloody strikes on Yugoslavia".

State television has reported little other than the bombing and on Monday focused on grieving relatives heading for Belgrade.

The state news agency, Xinhua, called the attack "a brutal infringement on China's sovereignty".

It said the bombing "wantonly trampled on the basic norm of international relations, and seriously sabotaged the dignity of the Chinese people".

There has also been little, if any, mention of Nato apologies for the attack.

Anger understandable

In Australia, a Sydney Morning Herald editorial said the embassy attack showed the limits and the hazards of air power.

It says China was understandably outraged by the assault and predicts Beijing is now more likely to use its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to exert pressure to end the bombing.

The Washington Post says China's anger does not change the fact that Nato's conditions must be met be Belgrade if there is to be peace in Kosovo.

In the UK, the tabloid Sun, which has consistently supported the air war, says that US forces seem to be making too many mistakes and that searching questions must be asked of the military.

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