|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the Malaysian Side's Statement on the MH370 Flight Incident|
Q: The Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released statements on 1 May saying that after a large scale of intensified search, there is still no trace of the aircraft and the fate of the missing passengers and crew remains unknown. They will continue with relevant work on search, investigation and support service to family members. What is China's comment? What further steps will be taken?
A: We share the same feelings with all the family members of passengers and crew on board the Malaysian airliner MH370 who have suffered anguish since the disappearance of the airliner, and extend our deep sympathy and solicitude to them.
The CPC Central Committee and the State Council attach great importance to the incident. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other party and state leaders made important instructions immediately after the incident took place, and made overall deployment of going all-out to participate in the search mission, investigation and console of family members of Chinese passengers onboard. The Chinese government has been keeping close communication and cooperation with relevant parties including the Malaysian and Australian sides, and has gone all-out to carry out the largest search operation in history by deploying 18 vessels, 13 planes and 21 satellites. We also sent out professionals to deeply engage in the investigation of the incident. Relevant departments and local governments are all in for providing full care and services including medical and psychological support and legal consultation for families of Chinese passengers.
In the past 50 and more days, relevant parties of the international community including the Malaysian side and the Australian side have also made enormous efforts in searching and investigating, and a multitude of state and government leaders from other countries express their sympathy and greetings through various channels to the Chinese side and families of Chinese passengers onboard. China sincerely appreciates that.
We have noted that the Malaysian side makes an unequivocal commitment of continuing the search operation and has invited relevant parties of the international community to establish an independent investigation team for thorough probe into this incident. China affirms and welcomes these moves. China will continue to closely cooperate with the Malaysian side and the Australian side, proactively participate in follow-up search operation and carry out objective investigation. We are also willing to closely negotiate with the Malaysian side, better support and serve the family members of Chinese passengers and make real efforts to safeguard their legitimate and legal rights and interests.