China and Malaysia Vow to Continue Search for MH370
    2014-05-30 13:21:33     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Luo Dan


 

China and Malaysia have vowed to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared almost three months ago.

The comment comes as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met up with his Malaysian counterpart here in Beijing.

CRI's Jordan Lee has more.

The Chinese Premier has urged Malaysia to formulate a new plan in the search for the missing flight.

MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared from radar screens in early March shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

154 passengers onboard are Chinese nationals.

"Following the incident, China has been keeping a close contact with Malaysia. An international search mission has also been carried out by scores of countries. We haven't stopped the search, we are still looking for the plane and trying to find out what happened. We hope Malaysia can continue to take the leading and coordinating role in the search and take the investigation seriously. We also hope Malaysia can respond to the legitimate appeals of passengers' families. China is ready to play an active role in the search and settlement. "

Earlier, the joint coordination center for the search announced that the remote sub Bluefin-21 has completed its mission, without finding any evidence related to the missing flight.

Its search area had been defined based on the four acoustic signals detected by the towed pinger locator deployed on Australian vessel Ocean Shield.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of the plane.

Australian officials say they remain confident that the missing jet is somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

For his part, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will continue with the search.

"Let me once again express our sorrow, our condolences, to the next of kin, to the families involved. And we owe it to them to continue to search, and Malaysia will continue to search together with China, Australia, and maybe the other countries because this tragic incident is so complex, is unprecedented, it requires the cooperation of several countries if we want to be successful."

Najib also stresses his commitment to finding solutions and answers to what really happened to the aircraft.

Najib's six-day China visit comes as the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Calling Malaysia a friendly neighbour and important partner of China in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Li Keqiang says the two countries have achieved great progress in cooperation over the past 40 years.

The Chinese Premier also pledged to take the opportunity of commemorating the 40th anniversary to strengthen political trust with Malaysia.

Cooperation documents regarding trade, culture, technology and investment have also been signed during the meeting.
Najib started his China visit on Tuesday.

For CRI, I'm Jordan Lee.
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