News / Asia

    Search for Missing Malaysia Plane Expands

    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein shows the map of northern search corridor during a press conference at a hotel next to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia, March 17, 2014.
    Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein shows the map of northern search corridor during a press conference at a hotel next to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia, March 17, 2014.
    China is pressing Malaysian authorities to better coordinate search efforts for missing flight MH370 and to release information more quickly. As the search effort pushed into its 10th day, Malaysia asked Australia to lead the search for the missing flight in the Indian Ocean.
     
    With the search operation expanding to include some 26 countries and efforts shifting in large arcs to the north and south of Malaysia's west coast, China is again raising concerns over a lack of information about the investigation.
     
    At a regular news briefing on Monday, China's Foreign Ministry once again urged Malaysia to provide more information about where to direct search efforts.
     
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the search operation faces even more difficulties with the scope expanding. Hong said China hopes Malaysia will better coordinate all of the search efforts.
     
    The majority of the 239 people on board the Boeing 777 jet were Chinese nationals.
     
    On Monday, the state-run China Daily, China's most prominent overseas English publication, argued that Malaysia's piecemeal and contradictory information has made search efforts difficult and the entire incident even more mysterious.
     
    An editorial in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post asked, "Is Malaysia Fit to Lead the Widening Search for Missing Flight MH370?" In it, the paper's editor editor-in-chief Wang Xiangwei suggested that it was time for Beijing to step up and lead the operation.
     
    Wang said Beijing should use its influence to press nations to work more closely to solve the mystery.
     
    However, when asked about that option at a news conference Monday, China's Foreign Ministry made it clear that Malaysia is still in charge.
     
    Malaysian authorities believe the vanished passenger jet could be in two possible corridors based on satellite tracking data received nearly eight hours after the plane took off. One corridor stretches north, up across some 11 countries including China, all the way to Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The other sweeps south, toward Indonesia and the deep waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
     
    Authorities in Pakistan and India say radar along their borders did not pick up the plane. Given that, some experts say that if the plane did go north to Central Asia, it could have traveled over Burma and the Himalayan plateau and perhaps through Chinese airspace.
     
    It was unclear what Chinese authorities have found so far in their review of their radar information.
     
    Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Malaysia has requested that China share such information and we have noticed that other countries have already responded. Hong said that China will actively cooperate in any way to help the search effort.
     
    In Beijing, families voiced their outrage with the pace of the search and apparent missteps by Malaysian authorities.
     
    One man surnamed Wen said that if Malaysia had also referred to satellite data much earlier on, then they wouldn't have wasted time searching the east side of the Malaysian peninsula. Wen said Malaysia has made a big mess. "Who would take flights run by Malaysia?" he asked. "Who would dare to do business there?" he wondered.
     
    Like other families and many online in China, Wen believes Malaysia is withholding information.
     
    As the search expands, analysts say the endeavor will greatly depend on the ability of not only Malaysia to share information, but of all the countries to the north and south of where the plane is believed to have traveled.

    You May Like

    Russia's Expat Community Shrinking

    Russia's troubled economy, tensions with West have led hundreds of thousands of foreigners to leave for better opportunities

    Accelerating the Push Against Islamic State: What Will Work?

    Experts stress need to step up military action, address root causes of Muslims' disaffection, counter IS social media messages in a massive way

    Experts: N. Korean Abductions Sought to Halt Brain Drain

    Pyongyang abducted about 3,800 South Koreans and more than a dozen Japanese nationals in late 1970s

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 17, 2014 8:43 PM
    THE WISE MAN said it; ... The (CIA), Israel, and (NATO), are the only people in the world, with the expertize to fly a plane without being detected by radar over multiple countries...
    QUESTION? .. WHY on earth would they do it? .. What enemy or target, do they all share an interest in? .. and why use an unidentifiable civilian plane to attack the enemy country, or target? ... and not an identifiable cruise missile or a drone?
    CONSPIRACY THEORY? .. IF the plane isn't found, and I was Iran, I'd check the skies for unidentified 777 civilian planes, heading for a nuclear site, loaded with explosives?
    BUT the plane could be at the bottom of the sea, right? ..... REALLY?

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees with Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees with Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.