Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: China team in Kuala Lumpur to help families, authorities

SEPANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 10-member team from China arrived here on Monday night to help families of passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the relevant authorities in their investigations.

China's Department of Consular Affairs deputy director Guo Shao Chun, who is head of the team, said the members were from the Department of Civil Aviation, Police, Transportation and Foreign affairs ministries.

"We are here to primarily assist the families and serve as a platform between them and the government to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable.

"In addition, we are also looking to work with the Malaysian government and the Chinese Embassy here to resolve this case," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Mr Guo said the team would start work immediately and focus on issues such as the stolen passports that were used by two impostors to board the plane.

Asked if he was satisfied with the local authorities in dealing with the matter, Mr Guo said the issue was a matter of life and death.

"In addition to aiding in speeding up investigations, we hope our arrival here will help in strengthening the relationship among all the countries involved," he added.