SYDNEY, March 20 (Xinhua) -- China hopes Australia can confirm whether the two objects spotted by satellites are related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as soon as possible, said Chinese Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu on Thursday.
The Chinese government will continue to communicate and coordinate with Australia closely over the matter, Ma said in a telephone interview with Xinhua.
Ever since the Beijing-bound plane lost contact with air traffic controllers on March 8, the Chinese embassy has been closely monitoring the developments of the incident, and exchanged information for many times with the related departments of the Australian government, according to the Chinese diplomat.
The Australian government briefed the Chinese embassy in a timely manner on the two suspicious objects that had been found by satellites and possibly related to the missing plane, Ma said.
"China and Australia are in close contact over the matter," he added.
The Chinese embassy, which has activated an emergency response mechanism, will continue to communicate with Australia and do its best to handle the situation in line with the instructions of the Chinese government, he said.
Ma's remarks came after Australian authorities said earlier Thursday that two objects, with the large one about 24 meters long, have been spotted in the southern Indian Ocean on satellite imagery that might be related to the missing Malaysian jetliner.
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