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Malaysia claims missing flight "deliberate" incident, China urges "thorough, correct information"   2014-03-16 15:38:31

  BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday urged Malaysia to continue providing more "thorough and correct information" about missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after Malaysian Prime Minister claimed the plane deliberately steered off course.

  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a press release that "Chinese technical specialists are on the way to Malaysia to help the investigation."

  According to Qin, China will adjust its deployment of research in a timely manner and call on all countries involved to lend a hand.

  "We will also keep in touch with relevant countries and international organizations to do our own research and make our own judgment," he said.

  Qin said China attaches great importance to the latest news from the Malaysian government about the missing MH370.

  "It is the eighth day since MH370 lost contact with its radar signal and time is life," Qin said.

  "We urge Malaysia to expand and define the search area for the missing plane and increase the intensity of the search," Qin said.

  Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, went missing on its way to Beijing last Saturday morning, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. The plane was carrying 12 crew and 227 passengers, including 154 Chinese.

  Xie Hangsheng, China's deputy foreign minister also said that "the Chinese government and all the people in the country pay great attention to the latest news on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet," during his meeting with Iskandar Sarudin, Malaysian ambassador to China Saturday afternoon.

  Citing the decision made at an inter-agency emergency meeting held in Beijing following Najib's press conference, Xie urged the Malaysian side to continue stepping up the efforts to search the plane, keeping close touch with the Chinese side on the readjustment for the search deployment, and providing the Chinese side with more thorough and accurate information.

  Xie also urged the Malaysian side to take their due responsibility for taking care of the families of the passengers on the plane and continue providing utmost assistance for the working team sent by the Chinese government to Malaysia.

  Sarudin said the Malaysian side fully understands the request of the Chinese side and will continue to make full efforts to trace the jet and look after the passengers' families, and to support the Chinese team's work.

  Meanwhile, Chinese vessels continued their search for the missing flight on Saturday, with two of them heading for the Strait of Malacca.

  As of 12 a.m. Saturday, Chinese vessels had searched for more than 140 hours, covering 83,731 square kilometers of the sea's surface and 8098.3 square kilometers of waters underneath. No confirmed debris has been found yet.

  Haikou Missile Destroyer left for Malacca late Friday and will work with China's patrol ship Haixun 31.

  Another vessel, Yongxingdao, equipped with underwater robots and rescue boats, will also move towards the Strait of Malacca after it finishes its search in the east of the Gulf of Thailand.

  Other Chinese warships continued to broaden the search area to the southeast of the Gulf of Thailand, combing a total of 5,100 square nautical miles (about 17,400 square km).

  Warships Jinggangshan, Kunlunshan (amphibious transport dock), and Mianyang (missile frigate) have so far searched a sea area of 2,400 square nautical miles (about 8,200 square km).

source : Xinhua     editor:: Liao Shuman
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