Monday, May 10, 1999 Published at 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Clinton apologises for embassy bombing
Three were killed when a missile hit the embassy
United States President Bill Clinton has publicly apologised for Nato's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
But he added: "I think it is very important to draw a clear distinction between a tragic mistake and a deliberate act of ethnic cleansing."
Friday's missile strike on the embassy has complicated the search for a solution to the Kosovo crisis.
In his first public reaction to the bombing, Chinese President Jiang Zemin said the UN Security Council could not discuss any peace plans for Kosovo unless Nato stopped its bombing campaign.
He condemned the Nato action as "absolute gunboat policy".
As a permanent member of the Security Council, China has the right of veto, and could prevent the progress of a new peace plan for Kosovo thrashed out last week by Russia and the Group of Seven leading industrial nations.
China also indicated it is likely to ask for compensation from Nato.
The Chinese mission to the UN says Nato and parties directly involved in the bombing should "bear all responsibility for the casualties and property damage it has caused".
A top UN official said on Monday that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was prepared to negotiate a solution for Kosovo on the basis of the G-8 proposal.
The developments came despite a message from President Clinton to President Jiang in which he apologised for the bombing.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder - who is visiting China on a scheduled visit later this week - has called for an inquiry into the bombing.
Nato and Russian officials had appeared to be moving closer to a deal involving a peace-keeping force with a Nato element rather than with Nato at its core.
Monday's newspapers carried the first pictures of the bombing victims.
A mixed crowd of students, executives and Buddhist monks marched past in an officially-sanctioned demonstration, throwing stones and bottles.
Many protesters have called for the downgrading of relations with the US or for them to be broken off completely.
The Foreign Office says anyone intending "non-essential" travel to the country should postpone their journey until the situation has improved.
The protesters' anger has also turned on foreign news journalists trying to report the events.
A BBC crew in Beijing was beaten and pelted with stones, accused of insulting China.
The US says an intelligence mistake, caused by faulty information, led to the bombing of the Chinese embassy.