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Chinese President Urges NATO to Halt Military Air strike

  Visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin Wednesday urged the United States and its NATO allies to immediately halt the air strikes launched against Yugoslavia just hours ago.

  Speaking at a banquet held in his honor here, Jiang said, "I am extremely concerned and worried upon learning that Kosovo has been air raided" by NATO cruise missiles and fighter jets.

  Military actions can not resolve a country's internal issues like the Kosovo crisis and they can only make the situation more complicated and plunging the region into deeper turmoil, the president said.

  What is more unfortunate is that many innocent civilians will suffer loss of lives and properties from the air strikes, which the United States code-named the Operation of Noble Angel, Jiang said.

  He said that China has always been advocating a political solution to the Kosovo issue.

  "We appeal for an immediate end to the air strike and put the Kosovo issue back on track of political solution," the Chinese president said.

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