China today asked Malaysia to make its officials part of a probe into the mysterious crash of a Malaysian airliner in the Indian Ocean even as Beijing decided to send a special envoy there to seek more information.
While President Xi Jinping, currently in Europe, ordered that Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will head for Kuala Lumpur soon to seek more details, Premier Li Keqiang asked Malaysia to include Chinese officials into the probe of the crash of MH370 - carrying 239 people, 154 of whom were Chinese.
Malaysia should strictly comply with the international convention, continue to coordinate the international search, and absorb Chinese experts to join the in-depth investigation, Li said. Chinese officials say a "flip-flop" probe by Malaysian authorities is adding more confusion to the mysterious crash.
This is the first time since the disappearance of MH370 on March 8 that China has come up with such a demand as the relatives of passengers aboard the jet refused to believe the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Scores of angry relatives of the passengers staged protests near the Malaysian Embassy here over Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's announcement that the plane "ended" its journey in the Indian Ocean. The relatives, wearing matching T-shirts, chanted: "we want the truth".
Their banners read: "Mum, Dad, without you what will I do?" and "We want the truth from Malaysia". They demand explanation for such a conclusion when not even piece of evidence of wreckage is found.