Sunday, May 9, 1999 Published at 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
China backs embassy protests
Students shout anti-Nato slogans outside Beijing's US embassy
Angry demonstrations have again taken place in Beijing, following Nato's accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
Nato spokesman Jamie Shea said on Sunday that the embassy had been attacked because of "faulty information" about the nature of the building targeted.
The alliance's raids on Yugoslavia continued on Saturday night, but the capital was not reported to have been attacked.
Expressions of regret from Nato leaders appear to have had little impact in China.
As Sunday dawned in Beijing, thousands of protesters arrived at the US embassy - joining many others who had been there overnight, chanting anti-American and anti-Nato slogans.
BBC Beijing Correspondent Duncan Hewitt said the authorities even seemed to be encouraging the demonstrations.
Students were bussed in from university campuses, and the mood was fanned by angry comments in the morning papers.
However the authorities vowed to protect foreign diplomats on its soil after protesters on Saturday threw stones at US and UK embassies and consulates across the country.
The residence of the US Consul General in the south-western city of Chengdu was stormed and partially burned.
More bombing raids
Calls for an end to Nato's air campaign appear to have had little effect on alliance chiefs.
A post office at Uzice - south of Belgrade - was also reported to have been destroyed, cutting off local telephone links.
Other targets included a piping factory in Valjevo, which Nato said made munitions.
Serb reports said attacks during Saturday hit a bridge close to the Greek consulate in the southern Serbian city of Nis, injuring seven people.
The official Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said 13 people were wounded in an attack on Kragujevac, southeast of Belgrade.
He echoed the words of Nato Secretary-General, Javier Solana, saying the incident would not deter the alliance from continuing its air campaign.
Correspondents say the attack will make it harder to avoid China's veto during any peace talks at the United Nations Security Council.
Diplomatic track continues
He was speaking after talks in Bonn with the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, about the G8 countries' peace plan for Kosovo.
Both men held separate talks with Kosovo Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova.
Mr Chernomyrdin said that following his talks he was expecting to return to Moscow and not to Belgrade as had previously been suggested.
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