Envoy: China-Malaysia ties not affected despite media reports

Envoy: China-Malaysia ties not affected despite media reports

KUALA LUMPUR - China remains good friends with Malaysia despite reports that relatives of Chinese passengers on Flight MH370 are upset with the Malaysian Government.

"The Chinese government never said that we were angry with the Malaysian government. We are satisfied so far with all the joint efforts," said its ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang.

Earlier yesterday, he had participated in a closed-door meeting between the relatives and a high-level team of experts at a hotel in Bangi yesterday.

"We are family, good friends, good neighbours and this will never affect our good relationship.

"We usually find real friendship in adversity.

"So far, we have been in good contact with each other in working together to find the plane and comfort the family members of the passengers," he told reporters at the Chinese embassy here.

Huang emphasised that Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hisham­muddin Hussein had mentioned at every press conference that the government was not hiding the truth behind MH370 and reminded the public to be fair in judging the Malaysian authorities.

"I admit that the Malaysian government wasn't doing enough as Malaysia Airlines didn't adhere to standard operating procedures and inconsistent facts were provided, but looking at the large scale of this unprecedented event, no one is perfect. Do not push all the blame to Malaysia," said Huang.

He added that some irresponsible western media spread rumours that were untrue, trying to create tension between China and Malaysia.

Huang said when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak released the statement on March 24, he had carefully chosen the phrase "ended its journey in the South Indian Ocean".

"Though this word has caused much controversy as some misinterpret it as lost, crashed or survived, it has a lot of significance.

"It narrowed the search area to the south corridor and the word was chosen in respect of the feelings of the family members," he said.

With this year being the 40th anniversary of China-Malaysia bilateral relations, Huang assured that plans to strengthen ties would go on.

The Prime Minister's special envoy to China, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who chaired the closed-door meeting, said families of the Chinese passengers had raised highly technical questions.

The questions were answered by aviation experts from Malaysia, China and representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

AAIB and British company Inmarsat were responsible for the satellite data analysis concerning the plane's flight path.

"The meeting ended quite well without any heated argument or disruption. We understand their feelings.

"We will continue to assist in providing care and updates to the family members, irrespective of their nationalities," Ong stressed.

The high-level team also took questions from families in Beijing's Lido Hotel, where there was a live telecast of the briefing, he said.

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