Xi Jinping Says He Would 'Never Forget' NATO's Bombing Of Chinese Embassy 25 Years Ago: 'Will Never Allow Such Tragic History To Repeat Itself'

In a recent development, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to remember the deadly bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade by NATO, a tragic incident that occurred 25 years ago. This statement was made during Xi’s European tour, which included visits to France, Hungary, and Serbia.

What Happened: President Xi’s comments were published in Serbia’s oldest daily newspaper, Politika, on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The timing of his visit to Serbia coincides with the 25th anniversary of the bombing, which led to the deaths of three Chinese journalists and triggered anti-US protests across China.

"Twenty-five years ago today, NATO flagrantly bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, killing three Chinese journalist," Xi said.

“That we should never forget," he added.

"We will never allow such tragic history to repeat itself."

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Why It Matters: Xi’s European tour, his first in five years, comes at a time of escalating tensions between China and the West. The visit is seen as an attempt to strengthen economic ties with the European Union (EU) and sway the EU away from the U.S.

His arrival in France coincided with mounting trade disputes between China and the EU, as well as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to discuss these issues with Xi.

Xi’s criticism of NATO also highlights China’s support for Russia following its invasion, citing NATO aggression as a justification for the war. This move is seen as an attempt to convince European countries of the importance of China’s economy, despite these tensions.

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