Diplomacy: Trying to Build Bridges in China, but Burning Others

Trying to Build Bridges in China, but Burning Others

With diagrams and slides, Under Secretary of State THOMAS PICKERING last week tried to convince Chinese officials that the bombing of their embassy in Belgrade was a mistake. The Chinese were underwhelmed. But what did Pickering tell the Chinese? The U.S. gave no immediate details and was prodded into a hasty backgrounder only after China's notoriously unforthcoming Xinhua News Agency outlined the U.S. positions: the use of maps that did not correctly identify the embassy; a U.S. intelligence officer who breached procedures in mistakenly picking the embassy over the Yugoslav directorate for procurement; outdated databases; aircrews unable to see identifying markers....

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