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Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday after the announcement of the sighting of possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner.
Abbott briefed Xi on the latest developments in Australia’s search mission even as anguished relatives of those on board the MH370 await updates.
Australia had dispatched aircrafts and warships to the sea area in the southern Indian Ocean, more than 3,000 km southwest off Perth, where suspicious objects possibly related to the missing plane were found through satellite images.
Xi said the “disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is a calamity” and that Australia has played a key role in the search operation along the southern corridor, a search area stretching from Indonesia deep into the southern Indian Ocean.
“Since the plane lost contact, our hearts have been with the lives of the people from different countries on board the plane, including 154 Chinese and six Australians,” Xi said.
Noting the complexities of the search mission, Xi said, all out efforts should be made to find MH370 “as long as there is still a gleam of hope”.