China, Malaysia to continue search for MH370

Kuala Lumpur: China and Malaysia on Saturday vowed to continue the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 "until it is found".

 China, Malaysia to continue search for MH370

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"Both sides agreed to continue to work closely together in the sub-surface search operation for the missing flight in the southern Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia," Xinhua quoted a joint statement issued by the two countries as saying.

The Chinese side welcomes Malaysia's commitment to continue the search until it is found, the statement said.

In the statement, visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed sincere gratitude for China's support and assistance in Malaysia's efforts to find MH370, which carried 239 people, including 154 Chinese. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft went missing March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

China deployed the largest number of vessels, aircraft and experts in a massive international search for the missing plane, Najib said, calling the scale of China's participation "unprecedented".

Malaysia, China and Australia held a tripartite meeting May 5-7 to discuss the way forward for the new phase of the search. All countries expressed their commitment for continuous and intensified efforts in the search.

The statement said Malaysia welcomed China's promise to participate in a bathymetric survey using its assets during the transitional phase, which is essential to subsequent underwater search operations.

Malaysia also welcomed China's participation in deploying assets for side scan sonar in future search operations, it said.

IANS

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Updated Date: May 31, 2014 18:16:39 IST