Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Published at 20:00 GMT 21:00 UK
China demands embassy attack inquiry
Anti-Nato demonstrations continue in China
China has demanded a full investigation into the Nato bombing of its Belgrade embassy and severe punishment for those responsible for the attack.
In the aftermath of the embassy assault last Friday, China has become central to diplomatic moves to end the conflict.
Russia's Balkans envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder have led the diplomatic initiative.
Mr Chernomyrdin outlined a plan drawn up by the G-8 industrialised countries to Chinese leaders.
As he returned to Moscow to brief President Boris Yeltsin he told reporters he had "new proposals" to make to the United States but did not elaborate on any details.
Earlier, he said that China agreed the G-8 plan could be the basis of a future settlement.
Moscow and the Western allies are seeking a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of an international peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
China is a permanent member of the Security Council with a right of veto over any council decisions.
China has said it is not satisfied with the apologies offered by US President Bill Clinton and other western leaders over the Nato bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzhou said his country wanted not just an apology but a thorough investigation and severe punishment for those responsible.
Demonstrations have continued outside the British and American embassies, although on a smaller scale than the past three days.
His visit has been cut back from four days to 16 hours because of the embassy attack.
But German officials say Mr Schröder will try to persuade China to accept the peace proposals.
US Defence Secretary William Cohen has blamed the attack on an out of date map.