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Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Published at 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK

Serb media plays up China solidarity

Nato missiles hit the village of Staro Gradsko

Yugoslavia and China have become joint victims of Nato "aggression" since the bombing of the Chinese embassy on Friday night, according to Serbian radio reports on Tuesday.

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The radio also said Belgrade had seized the diplomatic initiative, and the United States had been reacting "very nervously" since the announcement of a Yugoslav troop withdrawal from Kosovo.

"Washington has reacted very nervously to the latest developments in the situation concerning the Kosovo-Metohija crisis and the Nato aggression against the FRY [Yugoslavia], because it senses that it is losing its foothold in its bullying attempt to continue with the aggression at all costs," Serbian radio said in a commentary.

"The Clinton clique found itself, unaware and contrary to the assessments of its militant experts and analysts, under a real shower of diplomatic and political moves from Yugoslavia as well as powerful pressure from Moscow, Beijing, and also Nato allies.

"In an attempt to minimise the efforts with which the progressive forces are trying to end the aggression headed by the United States, the Clinton clique, with half statements in a hesitant tone, attempted to diminish the significance of the latest move by the FRY," the radio said.

China's gratitude

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China: A "sincere and lasting friend" of Yugoslavia
Serbian TV reported a meeting between Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Guozhang and Chinese Ambassador Pan Zhanlin in Belgrade on Monday.

The TV said the Chinese officials conveyed "the great support of the Chinese people and leadership for the people and leadership of Yugoslavia in their resolute battle to defend their country from the Nato aggressor".

The officials thanked Mr Milosevic and the Yugoslav people for "the great help they administered to Chinese citizens and representatives after their embassy in Belgrade was bombed," the TV said.

President Milosevic told the officials that the "aggression against Yugoslavia is at the same time directed against the entire freedom-loving world," and "pointed out that the Yugoslav people's just struggle for freedom also represents the strong warning that one should resolutely prevent the dictate of force," the TV said.

Mr Milosevic described the bombing of the Chinese embassy as "another tragic demonstration of madness by the Nato aggressor".

"Yugoslavia and China are sincere and lasting friends who together advocate peace, equality, freedom and independence, as well as open co-operation among states and peoples," he said.

"The developed and comprehensive relations between our two countries are a convincing example of these efforts, which are making the best contribution to the joint progress of our peoples as well as overall progress in the world."

Joint struggle

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Nato's methods are described as "wanton force"
The message of a joint Yugoslav-Chinese struggle against US-led "evil" was also put across by Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Milovan Bojic, speaking at the funeral of the three Chinese killed in the embassy bombing.

In remarks broadcast on Serbian TV, Mr Bojic said Yugoslavia and China were united in their opposition to Nato's "wanton force".

"The biggest shortcoming of force is that it cannot draw a line. The freedom-loving nation of the PRC (China) and the people of our republic have known very well that the law of the strongest is the biggest form of lawlessness there is," he said.

"The evil that we are suffering now is being inflicted on us collectively, which is not a coincidence, because nobody answers for collective crimes. The collective criminals are doing this in the name of the New World Order ...

"The concept of a one-bloc world that rests on wanton force should be stopped as soon as possible. Kosovo today, Tibet tomorrow, and who knows what else and how much more?"

'Elderly couple killed'

Serbian media reported heavy Nato raids on Yugoslavia overnight, in which bridges, other civilian installations and residential areas were hit.

An elderly couple and a four-year-old girl were killed in a Nato missile attack south of the Kosovo capital Pristina, the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug said.

In the raid, four missiles were fired at the village of Staro Gradsko in the Lipljan area at 2320 GMT, Tanjug reported.

Four people were reported to have been injured and hospitalised in Pristina.

Tanjug said Nato aircraft had been "fiercely bombing civilian targets" in the Lipljan area day and night, damaging houses.

Nato also dropped cluster bombs near Djakovica in western Kosovo early on Tuesday, Tanjug reported. It said the same area had been bombed repeatedly.

The Serbian news agency Beta reported further Nato raids on the southern Serbian city of Nis on Tuesday, and said the Prva Iskra chemical factory in Baric, south-west of Belgrade, was hit by missiles on Monday evening.

In other raids, a TV transmitter was hit near Subotica in northern Serbia and the village of Murina in northern Montenegro was also targeted, Serbian radio reported. The radio said a bridge over the Lim had been destroyed in Murina, and the village's supplies of water and electricity had been cut.

BBC Monitoring based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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