BANGKOK - US President George W Bush on Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by emphasizing the role of the Al-Qaeda terror network in the attack. Ceremonies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam commemorated the victims of the August 7, 1998 bombings, which killed a total of 224 people and injured some 5,000, almost all of them Africans. "We remember today those who lost their lives or were injured in the attacks, their families, and their loved ones," Bush said in a statement released during a stop in Thailand on his tour of Asia. The attacks "are brutal examples of Al-Qaeda's tactics in its war against innocent people worldwide - carried out in the heart of two African capitals without regard to the race, creed, or nationality of the victims," said Bush. "This has been Al-Qaeda's method for more than a decade, indiscriminately attacking civilians throughout the world. "The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania remind us that Al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates continue to want to attack the United States and our allies. The anniversary "reinforces the need to confront the terrorists, to work with our allies to bring them to justice, and to prevent such attacks from happening again," Bush said. Kenya and Tanzania marked the 10th anniversary of simultaneous bombings at the countries' US embassies. Bush raised "deep concerns" about China's detention of dissidents and respect for human rights Thursday. Speaking in Bangkok, Bush insisted that his criticism was not intended to "antagonise" China on the eve of the Games, and expressed optimism about the future of the world's most populous nation. But he repeatedly highlighted Washington's "deep concerns over religious freedom and human rights" in China. "The United States believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings," Bush said. "America stands in firm opposition to China's detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists," he said. "We speak out for a free Press, freedom of assembly, and labour rights - not to antagonise China's leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential." "We press for openness and justice, not to impose our beliefs but to allow the Chinese people to express theirs," he said. In his speech, which was released by the White House one day earlier, Bush also praised China's economic growth, saying the country presented an enormous market for the world's exports. "China and the United States share important economic interests," Bush said.