Statement of the Government of the People's Republic of China

At midnight May 7, 1999, the U.S.-led NATO forces brazenly fired three missiles from different angles on the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The building of the embassy was seriously damaged and up to now two persons have been confirmed dead, two missing and more than twenty others injured.

During over 40 days of wanton bombing against Yugoslavia, the U.S.-led NATO forces have inflicted great numbers of casualties of innocent civilians. Now they have gone so far as to bomb the Chinese Embassy. This act by NATO is a gross violation of China's sovereignty and a willful trampling on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the basic norms governing international relations. This is rarely seen in the history of diplomacy.

The Chinese Government and people hereby express their utmost indignation and stern condemnation and lodge the strongest protest against this barbaric atrocity. The U.S.-led NATO must bear all responsibilities arising therefrom. The Chinese Government reserves the right to take further actions on the matter.