US bombed China's embassy, on this day 19 years ago: Report

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ISLAMABAD - US aircraft bomb the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade killing three Chinese citizens and injuring another 20 during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia on 7 May, 1999.

The incident sparked a major diplomatic row between China and the US . Major public demonstrations were held in Beijing against the airstrike, forcing the US embassy staff members to stay indoors.

The Chinese government called it a “barbaric attack and a gross violation of Chinese sovereignty”.

US officials however blamed human error and faulty intelligence for the incident but the explanation failed to assuage Chinese officials, who believed the strike to have been deliberate.

The protestors in China were only asked to disperse after US President Bill Clinton offered a public apology to China over the incident.

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