BEIJING - It is clear that both China and Malaysia are keen to send out the message - the MH370 tragedy is "very painful and testing" but the two countries will continue to work closely together to find answers and bring closure to the families of those on the missing aircraft.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in expressing the Government's sorrow and sympathy to China, particularly the kin of Flight MH370 passengers, said Malaysia was committed to the search for the plane.
At a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of People here yesterday, Najib said the jetliner's disappearance was complex and unprecedented, and Malaysia required the cooperation of China, Australia and other countries to pull off the search.
"It has been a very painful and testing time for Malaysia and China but we believe the understanding, friendship and partnership developed over the years will enable us to work closely to find a solution and answers to what might have happened to the aircraft," he said.
Li, in response, told the Malaysian delegation that he hoped Malaysia would continue to lead the search and investigation efforts, and to respond to the affected families' requests.
"We believe with the mutual efforts between relevant countries, the incident can be handled properly and the relationship between China and Malaysia can withstand the test," he said.