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Chinese leaders lament air disaster

Updated: 2014-03-08
By Charles McDermid (chinadaily.com.cn)
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President Xi Jinping demands all-out effort in search for missing Malaysia plane, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expresses concern for passengers and crew.

A Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on Saturday morning with 239 people on board, including 154 Chinese citizens, has reportedly crashed into the waters off southern Vietnam, according to local media.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking in Beijing, said China is very worried for the safety of the passengers and crew.

President Xi Jinping called for all-out efforts to assist the search for the Malaysian plane and help with the aftermath.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies in Malaysia and Vietnam have also launched emergency procedures.

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