Missing MAS flight: China to join others in rescue ops

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made an urgent call to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday afternoon, urging both sides to search for the missing MH370 plane and launch immediate rescue work.

He also said China would do all it can to relay information on the incident to the passengers' family members as soon as possible and to appease them.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also directed the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as Chinese embassies and consulate offices to work with the countries involved in the search and rescue operations.

In another press statement, the Ministry of Transportation said China had dispatched two rescue vessels at 3.52pm to the possible location of the missing plane.

Twenty Chinese rescue vessels and two aircraft are on standby to join the search effort.