China hits back at NATO for Russia demand — Analysis
Beijing won’t forget the bombing of its Belgrade embassy, Mission to the EU stated
Beijing rejected NATO’s request that it support Russia on Thursday. It reminded NATO of the fact it was its forces which bombed Belgrade’s Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 during the Yugoslavia air campaign.
“Chinese people can fully relate to the pains and sufferings of other countries because we will never forget who had bombed our embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. We need no lecture on justice from the abuser of international law,” a spokesman for the Beijing’s diplomatic mission to the EU said, responding to remarks made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO branding “Cold War remnant,”The diplomat recommended that the organisation do some reflection to determine if its military expansion was contributing to peace and stability in the world.
Stoltenberg targeted China on Tuesday ahead of a NATO defense ministers’ emergency meeting. He advised Beijing to “join the rest of the world in condemning strongly the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia”He stated that Moscow would benefit from any support it receives now. “to continue to wage war which is causing death, suffering and an enormous amount of destruction.”
“China has an obligation as a member of the UN Security Council to actually support and uphold international law,”He concluded.
Russia’s attack against Ukraine, which it launched in late February, was partially justified by NATO’s creeping expansion. Moscow claimed that it was a growing threat to its national security and had to be stopped after NATO’s refusal to peacefully deescalate the conflict. Russia stated that it was required to defend rebels in Ukraine from continuing attacks by the Ukrainian government.
Beijing voiced support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, but agreed with Moscow’s rationale, saying that NATO’s European expansion was clearly provocative. China refused sanctions against Russia. It also criticized those countries that did, calling them illegal and harmful to the international economy.
Three Chinese journalists were killed and 20 others injured when a B-2 American bomber struck the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade around midnight, May 7, 1999. The CIA later stated that the target was intended to coordinate with a nearby military base.
Bill Clinton had an apology for the attack and called it an accident.
NATO started the 1999 war against Yugoslavia by bombing without UN Security Council approval. Russia, China and other countries vetoed any attempts to stop it. NATO’s 1999 bombing campaign against Yugoslavia was justifiable by the need to safeguard rebels in Kosovo from Yugoslav forces continuing their attacks.