Vietnam Says No Debris Near Site China Spotted Objects - The New Indian Express

Vietnam Says No Debris Near Site China Spotted Objects

Published: 13th March 2014 04:09 PM

Last Updated: 13th March 2014 04:19 PM

Mystery continued to shroud the  Malaysian jetliner six days after it went missing as Vietnam  said today that its aircraft and ships have not found any  debris said to have been spotted by Chinese satellites.             

Aircraft and vessels sent out by Vietnam today found  no debris in the waters where Chinese satellites spotted three  floating objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysian  airlines flight, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted  Vietnamese Deputy Transport Minister Pham Quy Tieu as saying.             

Vietnam authorities dispatched two aircraft and two  ships to fly over the waters off the Vietnam's southern coast  where Chinese satellites photographed suspected floating  objects, Pham, who is leading a frontline command in Phu Quoc  island said.         

Earlier today China's State Administration of Science,  Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said a  Chinese satellite has found three floating objects at a  suspected site of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane but it  was not sure whether it was the debris of the plane.       China pressed 10 satellites besides eight ships and  three aircraft to conduct search operations.        A huge international search operation has been mostly  focused on the shallow waters of the Gulf of Thailand off  Malaysia's east coast.            

Vietnam has been searching off its eastern coast of Phu  Quoc island as well as its western shoreline.        

The Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea has been included  since Sunday but the search there has remained futile so far.

Meanwhile Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has asked Malaysia to  step up coordination for search operations.        

Without directly referring to Malaysia he said the Chinese  government has asked relevant parties to enhance coordination,  investigate the cause, locate the missing plane as quickly as  possible and properly handle all related matters.             

"Hundred and fifty-four of the 239 people on board on  the Malaysian plane are Chinese. Those people's families are  burning with anxiety. Chinese government and people are all  deeply concerned about their safety," Li said here today.    

"We are all eagerly awaiting the news of the plane, even  the slightest piece of good news," he said minutes after China  said its satellites picked up three floating objects between  Malaysia and Vietnam which could belong to the Malaysian plane  which went missing six days ago.           

"As far as there is a glimmer of hope we will not stop  searching for the plane," he said.    Li also said the incident will not effect any policy  changes permitting large number of Chinese tourists to visit  abroad.      

Over 80 million tourists visited abroad in 2012 spending  over USD 102 billion, according to WTO.             

While Malaysian officials denied any hint of terrorism in  the incident, concerns are rising about the safety of large  number Chinese travelling abroad.            

"With respect China's opening up policy there will be no  change and China will continue to open itself to the outside  world," Li said replying to question whether the incident will  impact outbound tourism.             

"In this course the growing number of Chinese people will  make overseas trips. That will place greater responsibility on  the shoulders of Chinese government. It will fully perform its  duties and enhance cooperation with other countries and  regions to ensure safety of overseas nationals," he said.

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