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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on China's Urgent Response to the Update from the Malaysian Government on the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

2014/03/15

Q: This afternoon, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the latest findings of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. What will China do in response?

A: This afternoon, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held an emergency inter-ministerial meeting on the safety of overseas Chinese citizens, analyzing the latest findings of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane as were announced by the Malaysian Prime Minister and making arrangements for future work.

The meeting came to the conclusion that to search for the aircraft whose whereabout is still a mystery remains the most pressing task and the top priority, since time is life. The meeting has decided to get more precise information from the Malaysian side and call on the Malaysian side to expand the search and step up search efforts right away. The Chinese side will also adjust the search plan and make new arrangements for search and rescue and search over larger area of waters and land in coordination with all countries concerned.

The meeting brought together officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Transport, the Coast Guard Administration, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the State Internet Information Office, the State Council Emergency Response Office, the military and the Beijing Municipality.

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