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On May 7, 1999, U.S. bombs hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese citizens and outraging the Chinese public. President Bill Clinton later apologized for the bombing, stating it was accidental. Central intelligence Agency director George Tenet testified before a congressional committee that the bombing was the only one in the campaign organized and directed by his agency.

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The raid caused a dramatic rise in tension between China and the USA. An official statement on Chinese television denounced what it called a "barbaric attack and a gross violation of Chinese sovereignty." China's UN ambassador described what he called "NATO's barbarian act" as "a gross violation of the United Nations charter, international law and the naomrs governing international relations" and "a violation of the GEneva convention". President Clinton attempted to telephone his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin, but Jiang repeatedly refused to accept his calls.

Large demonstrations erupted at US and NATO countries' consular officies throughout China once news of the bombing broke. Tens of thousands of missile-throwing rioters kept US Ambassador and other staff trapped in the embassy for several days. The residence of the US Consul in Chengdu was damaged by fire and protestors tried to burn the consulate in Guangzhou.

By the end of 1999, relations began to gradually improve. In October 1999, the two sides reached agreement on humanitarian payments for families of those who died and those who were injured as well as payments for damages to respective diplomatic properties in Belgrade and China.
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