KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 – China said on Wednesday the cooperation in the search and rescue operation of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 has further strengthened the bilateral relations with Malaysia. China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang said the long standing friendship between both countries could never be dented by the incident, where 153 of the 227 passengers of the MH370 were Chinese nationals.
“More important we (China and Malaysia) are close friends, we are partners, so in this difficult time, we should stand and work together. We share the feelings of the Malaysian government, we share the responsibilities and will do our best to assist the Malaysian Government to deal with this incident,” he said. He told the media after a courtesy call on Dewan Negara Speaker Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang at Parliament House, here, today.
The Boeing 777-200ER disappeared over the South China Sea about an hour after taking off from the KL International Airport at 12.41 am on Saturday. The search and rescue operation involving Malaysia and other countries had entered its fitfth day but the fate of the passengers are still unknown as the aircraft has yet to be recovered.
Huang said that China was also assisting in the search and rescue operations, including its 10 satellites and 14 vessels. “I do believe with joint efforts, by the Malaysian Government and internationally, we may find the MH370 and we (China) will never abandon our hopes and efforts,” he said. Regarding today’s meeting, he said the meeting was to strengthen existing ties, that had long prevailed between the countries.