China Sending Special Envoy to Malaysia over MH370
    2014-03-25 21:50:24         Web Editor: Luo Dan


Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered a special envoy be sent to Kuala Lumpur to consult with Malaysian authorities and deal with the matter of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will head for Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible.

This, after the Malaysian Prime Minister made a sudden announcement last night, saying MH370 has "ended" in the South Indian Ocean.

Najib Razak said that conclusion was based on analysis to satellite data conducted by UK telecommunications company Inmarsat.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China has demanded that Malaysian authorities provide all the evidence that led them to that conclusion.

Hong Lei also called for the search effort to continue.

"China has already demanded that Malaysia provide all the information and evidence that supports the conclusion of a crash. We hope Malaysia will continue to coordinate the international efforts in searching targeted areas for the missing flight. We believe the top priority now is still the search and we will devote every effort to it."

Chinese vessels have entered the search area, looking for objects spotted earlier by Chinese and French teams.

The search for Flight 370 was suspended on Tuesday for 24 hours due to treacherous seas and gale-force winds where rescue efforts are focused.

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston says the operation will resume as weather permits.

He also suggested that nothing in connection to the missing plane is confirmed.

"This is a mystery and until we recover and positively identify a piece of debris, everything is virtually speculation."

China has also urged international organizations and related countries to provide information that may help in the search for missing flight.

According to the Foreign Ministry spokesman, China has sent personnel to provide psychological support and legal aid to relatives of passengers who are staying in Beijing's Metro Park Lido Hotel.

Deep sorrow and anger gripped about 200 of those relatives as they watched a live broadcast of the Malaysian prime minister's press briefing late last night.

The Malaysian Airline said earlier today that they would give each family of the missing passengers 5 thousand US dollars.

CEO of the airline Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the money was only for comforting, rather than compensation.

"The announcement made last night and shared with the families is the reality that we must face and we now must accept. When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangement will be made to bring families to the recovery areas if they so wish. Until that time, we will continue to support the ongoing investigation."

Some of the family members have staged a protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, demanding the airline and the Malaysian government explain what happened.

Some struggled as they pushed through lines of police officers trying to prevent them from getting to the embassy.


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