The bombing of the chinese embassy in yugoslavia by nato

State Department announced that the embassy in Beijing and consulates in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shengyang and Chengdu will be closed at least until Tuesday.

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Pickering's statement in China, he additionally acknowledged the target package originated within the CIA and that it was the sole CIA-directed strike of the war, stated that he had been personally unaware that the CIA was circulating strike requests and recognised that the CIA possessed maps correctly displaying the embassy.

Short, the alliance's air commander, kept raising the problem during NATO commanders' morning video conferences. Ever since the bombing, Chinese officials have angrily accused the United States of a deliberate attack, while American officials have insisted that it was an error.

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The air controller said: 'The Chinese embassy had an electronic profile, which Nato located and pinpointed. And I think that stupid people who are leaking rumors to the Observer have made that mistake. It was bombed later. President Bill Clinton sent a letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin on Sunday expressing regret over the bombing, which he called an unfortunate accident, White House officials said. One possible explanation is that the Chinese lack Stealth technology, and the Yugoslavs, having shot down a Stealth fighter in the early days of the air campaign, were in a good position to trade. The folder originated within the CIA and described the target as a warehouse for a Yugoslav government agency suspected of arms proliferation activities. Ever since the bombing, Chinese officials have angrily accused the United States of a deliberate attack, while American officials have insisted that it was an error. Impressively packaged, the proposal prompted no questions. It was selected by its Counter-Proliferation Division, which had no particular expertise in either the Balkans or in picking bombing targets. You start looking for other targets. Besides investigating the incident, the Chinese delegation is arranging to take the dead and wounded back to China.

He produced what one official called a ''superficially perfect'' proposal by downloading from the military's secure intranet a targeting form and filling it out -- complete with the ''bombing encyclopedia'' number, as well as eight-digit longitudinal and latitudinal figures.

Roderick J. By early April, Lt. According to senior military and intelligence sources in Europe and the US the Chinese embassy was removed from a prohibited targets list after Nato electronic intelligence Elint detected it sending army signals to Milosevic's forces. The document also estimated that casualties would range from three to seven civilians, presumably those working inside, while the estimate for unintended civilian casualties, which also included those who might happen by at the time, ranged from 25 to Given all the space around it, I didn't see external fencing that I would expect from a government facility.

Of those, they bombed roughly Impressively packaged, the proposal prompted no questions. A report by the French Ministry of Defense after the war stated that "part of the military operations were conducted by the United States outside the strict framework of NATO" [5] and that a dual-track command structure existed.

The bombing of the chinese embassy in yugoslavia by nato

At that point a NIMA analyst assigned the building a number -- WA -- from the military's ''bombing encyclopedia,'' a worldwide compendium of potential targets and other landmarks. The U. Jiang Zemin is still said to be outraged at the 7 May attack, which came close to splitting the alliance. At that point, a senior intelligence official said, the NIMA analyst could have withdrawn the target's ''bombing encyclopedia'' number or alerted more senior officials. The pattern of street addresses on Bulevar Umetnosti was not as expected, and the targeter erroneously pinpointed the embassy "located on a small side street at some distance on Bulevar Umetnosti" from the intended target. NATO was criticised for continuing its bombing campaign uninterrupted when its safeguards to protect civilians were known to be faulty. Embassy and other diplomatic facilities in China. General Clark declined to be interviewed for this article. On this 'don't hit' map, the Chinese embassy was correctly located at its current site, and not where it had been until - as claimed by the US and NATO. As a result, the bombers took to the air with the coordinates of the Chinese embassy programmed into the bombs on board.

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According to the officials interviewed by The Times, American commanders in Europe did maintain such a list of buildings, like hospitals, churches and embassies. Having chosen what he thought was the directorate, the officer called NIMA on April 12 or 13 and asked for satellite images of the site, which he received on the 14th, officials said. But what neither they nor American officials have disclosed is that the bombs, Pentagon officials said, were actually targeted throughout the building. The agency has its own targeting cell, but it was the Counter-Proliferation Division, a small office whose focus was the spread of missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, that proposed this target. Also under siege was the Albanian embassy, where diplomats said they had been trapped for more than a day with little help from Chinese police. An impromptu memorial for those that died in the blast near the British embassy in Beijing Protesters threw stones at the British embassy. He added, however, that the militaries of each country were responsible for reviewing those targets its forces were scheduled to strike. Last week, 11 months after the fact, the director of central intelligence, George J. They said there was also no evidence that the Chinese had in any way aided the Serbian war effort, though one NATO diplomat said it was impossible to rule out the possibility that the Chinese shared information with the Serbs. The target was accepted, officials said, without further vetting by the military. Tenet said. The protests, Hu said, "fully reflect the Chinese people's great fury at the atrocity of the embassy attacks by NATO and the Chinese people's strong patriotism. Wang denounced the attack and called for an end to the entire NATO bombing campaign. Michael E.
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