The Chinese Premier, Mr Zhu Rongji, has warned that NATO's
attack on Yugoslavia could spark a global war.
China, fearful that the NATO military strikes could set
a precedent in any conflict with Taiwan, has intensified its
protests, with the state media condemning alliance leaders
while praising the Yugoslav President, Mr Slobodan Milosevic,
as a freedom fighter...
In calling for an immediate halt to the bombing,
Mr Zhu told the Toronto Globe and Mail before his two-week
visit to the United States, beginning today, that China
opposed intervention in the internal affairs of other
nations. This included Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan
and Tibet, Britain's role in Northern Ireland, and Canada's
secessionist movement in Quebec.
China's media... have kept up a strong anti-NATO campaign
since air strikes began on March 25.
"If we should refuse to recognise a country's sovereignty,
I'm afraid that would lead to a world war," he said.
"If military interventionism is to be allowed in all
internal matters like a question of human rights of any
country, that will open a very bad precedent in the world.
"We do not have a tribunal or world police. So, who
should be the person to make the decision to use all
this military force?"