MH370: China remains committed

MH370: China remains committed
In a file picture taken on April 8, 2014, a woman (C) lights a candle as Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 take part in a prayer service at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing.

BEIJING - The Chinese government has promised to continue working closely with Malaysia and Australia, and actively take part in the search and investigation efforts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 following the Department of Civil Aviation's announcement.

Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said China had expressed its deep appreciation and gratitude for all the efforts put in by Malaysia, Australia and other countries, and international bodies for their significant support and assistance in the search and other operations.

"The Chinese government expressed its deep sorrow for the misery of those onboard and offered its profound sympathies and sincere condolences to their families," she said in a statement here yesterday.

Hua urged Malaysia to act on the commitments made in its statement, fulfil its obligation of compensation, protect the lawful rights and interests of the families and provide them with support and assistance.

"We also call on the Malaysian side to remain fully committed to the search and investigation efforts and keep the families updated," she said.

The Chinese government, Hua pointed out, had mobilised massive resources in this unprecedented search operation, using 21 satellites, 19 vessels, 13 aircraft and over 2,500 personnel and experts.

The government, she added, understood that it must be extremely hard for the families to come to terms with the MH370 accident.

"We hope the families will stay strong at this difficult moment and try to resume their normal life at an early date," Hua said.

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