In 1999 the Chinese embassy in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, had been hit and set on fire during Nato air strikes on the city. Three people were reported to have died including a correspondent for the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua. At least 20 were injured. A statement on Chinese television said the government severely condemned a “barbaric attack and a gross violation of Chinese sovereignty”. And that is all. In the UN, China has the same power as Liechtenstein.