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World Tibet Network News

Wednesday, May 5, 1999

1. NATO bombing like a return to imperialism -China (Reuters)

BEIJING, May 4 (Reuters) - China, a vehement foe of NATO's air campaign
against Yugoslavia, issued another blast at the bombing on Tuesday,
condemning it as a return to imperialism.

``People now feel as if they have returned to age of imperialism when
the world was carved up,'' the People's Daily newspaper said in a

What made NATO's action worse was bombing under the `banner of upholding

human rights and humanitarianism,'' the Communist Party newspaper said.

Beijing has been a trenchant opponent of the NATO campaign, arguing that

it was done without the sanction of the United Nations and was therefore

illegal under international law.

Premier Zhu Rongji has also said allowing NATO to use its power without
U.N. sanction could encourage the use of force to settle other ethnic
problems, such as Tibet.

NATO has said it will continue to bomb Yugoslavia until thetens of
thousands of refugees which have poured out of the southern Serbian
province of Kosovo are allowed to return under international protection.

The Western alliance accuses the Serb forces of President Slobodan
Milosevic of ``ethnically cleansing'' Kosovo of its ethnic Albanian

The ``actual reason'' the United States and other alliance members
advocate ``the importance of human rights over sovereign rights'' was to

``infringe on the international standards of sovereign rights,'' the
People's Daily said.

It argued that ``each country's situation is different and although they

uphold human rights, their understanding and implementation of it is not

the same.''

The importance of human rights over sovereign rights was aWestern
concept and the West was ``punishing'' and ``indiscriminately bombing''
those who did not obey its model ,the commentary said.

China has been in frequent battles with the West over human rights and
argues that hauling its people out of poverty and providing them with
the basic means of life are the human rights which matter in China, not
individual political rights.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. NATO bombing like a return to imperialism -China (Reuters)
  2. Middletown, CT, passes resolution on Tibet
  3. Revered by Millions, a Potent Mystic Rattles China's Communist Leaders (WSJ)

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