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China will not join other UN Security Council members seeking to punish the "rump" Yugoslav government for interfering in Bosnia-Herzegovina by imposing sanctions.

"We have no intention of imposing sanctions on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wu Jianmin said Thursday.

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China and Russia, which says it has reservations about the effectiveness of sanctions, were expected to be drawn into sanctions talks in the Security Council on Friday.

At issue is a two-tier resolution that would begin with a trade ban and escalate automatically to an oil embargo. The resolution was drafted by Britain, France and Belgium.

Wu declined to specify what China's position would be in Council discussions.

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