Secretive Beijing demands transparency over missing jet
Published on Mar 18, 2014 2:33 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - China's strident calls for Malaysia to divulge all it knows about flight MH370 are in stark contrast to its own history of secretiveness when calamities have struck, such as after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, analysts say.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday asked Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to provide details about the missing flight "in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner", the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The call followed more than a week's worth of scathing editorials in China's state-run media demanding greater openness from Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia Airlines.
"Unless transparency is ensured, the huge international search operation can never be as fruitful as we hope and expect," read one of several Xinhua commentaries.
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