Confronting hegemony common policy of China and Belgrade

BELGRADE, Jan 20, 2000 -- (AFP) Confronting hegemonism and dictate by force was a common policy goal of China and Yugoslavia, President Slobodan Milosevic said Wednesday.

The Yugoslav leader made the remarks, an indirect reference to the United States, when he met with a visiting delegation of the Chinese Association for International Understanding, state agency Tanjug said.

"Confronting the policy of force, dictate and hegemonism" in the interests of world stability, peace and security, is a common policy of China and Yugoslavia, he said.

Milosevic said the people of China and Yugoslavia were linked by strong friendship and mutual understanding.

He praised the "impressive results" of Chinese development and said it could serve as a role model for Yugoslavia in its own program of reconstruction and reform.

Relations between Yugoslavia and China have warmed in recent years as Belgrade's links with western powers have deteriorated.

Beijing strongly opposed NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia over Kosovo, expressing outrage after its own embassy was hit in a raid which NATO claimed was a mistake.

The Chinese delegation is in Belgrade to discuss, among other issues, Beijing's "participation in development of the economy and reconstruction of installations destroyed during the NATO bombardment.

Independent economists have put damage caused by NATO air strikes last year at 60 billion dollars.

The delegation is headed by Li Guixian, a vice chairman of Beijing's top parliamentary advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Tanjug said.

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