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.
William Ide
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

Sydney Hostage-taker Failed to Manipulate Social Media

Gunman forced captives to use personal Facebook, YouTube accounts to issue his demands; online community helped flag messages, urged others not to share them More

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?

It's an umbrella group of militant organizations whose objective is enforcement of Sharia in Pakistan 'whether through peace or war' More

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.
Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?i
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
December 17, 2014 11:54 AM
The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
Video

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.
Video

Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.

All About America

AppleAndroid