China asks Malaysia to formulate `new search plan` for MH370
China has asked Malaysia to formulate a "new search plan" soon to locate the crashed Flight MH370 and take the probe into the plane`s disappearance "seriously".
Beijing: China has asked Malaysia to formulate a "new search plan" soon to locate the crashed Flight MH370 and take the probe into the plane`s disappearance "seriously".
Premier Li Keqiang met with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak and raised China`s concerns over the search and investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people, mostly Chinese.
"We expect Malaysia to take the leading and coordinating role, come up with a new search plan for the jet at an early date, and take the investigation seriously," Li said during his talks with Najib here yesterday.
The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - carrying 239 people - including five Indians, an Indo-Canadian and 154 Chinese nationals - had mysteriously vanished on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
Li reviewed China`s cooperation with Malaysia since the plane went missing.
"We have never stopped our search efforts and place great importance on this situation`s investigation and settlement," he told Najib, who is on a six-day official visit to China.
Li called on Malaysia to respond to the legitimate appeals of passengers` families and properly settle such issues.
Najib said, "let me once again express sorrow and condolences to the next of kin, and to the families involved. We owe it to them to continue the search."
He said Malaysia will continue to conduct the search together with China, Australia and other countries, "because this tragic incident is so complex and unprecedented, and requires the cooperation of several countries if we want to be successful."
Najib stressed his commitment to finding "solutions and answers to what really happened to this aircraft and do whatever we can to help and soothe the feelings of the next of kin."
Meanwhile, Najib today assured relatives of the passengers on board the Flight MH370 that his country will give a detailed account of the missing plane.
Najib gave the assurance during his meeting with top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang.
However, there appears to be no plan by Najib to meet the relatives of the Chinese passengers who have several times criticised the handling of the probe into the plane`s disappearance.
Zhang said China will continue to participate in the relevant work and expressed hope that the Malaysian side will make more efforts and properly handle the incident.