|(From L to R) Malaysian Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Chinese Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang attend a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, May 5, 2014. China, Malaysia and Australia agreed to continue the search with new focus on underwater search of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 in the new phase. (Xinhua/Justin Qian)
CANBERRA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantang said here on Monday that China will continue uninterrupted and intensified efforts in the search for MH370 flight.
The search in the next phase will "not be interrupted, not be suspended, not be given up and not be slacked" based on the consensus reached at the trilateral meeting, Yang told a press conference after a ministerial meeting between Australia, Malaysia and China.
"We know clearly that the area of the follow-up search is even broader with more difficulties and tougher tasks. The Chinese government will as always try its utmost and make every possible effort to participate in the search," he said.
Yang promised that no matter in the past, for the time being or in the future, China will proactively participate in the search and make due contribution to the gigantic task in terms of expertise, assets and finance.
China will deploy three vessels in the transitional period of the search for the missing Malaysia Airline plane, he added.
In addition, China supports the involvement of private companies with advantages in technologies, equipment and capabilities to conduct the normalized search in the new phase.
The Chinese government also encourages Chinese companies or organizations with relevant capabilities to be involved in the sub- surface search.
China will continue to send experts to participate in the identification and verification of the search plan and the investigation of the mystery of MH370, Yang said.
He said China vows to work closely with Malaysia and Australia based on the communique reached at the ministerial meeting on Monday.
"So long as the three nations closely collaborate with each other, materialize the joint communique seriously, could we, with our pragmatic work, respond to the expectations of the international community, provide closure to the relatives of people onboard, and discharge our duties and responsibilities," he said.
Yang, as head of the Chinese government delegation, had a talk with Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at a ministerial meeting here earlier on Monday.
A joint communique was released after the meeting, introducing the arrangement of next stage search, including conducting an oceanographic mapping of the sea floor for underwater search area.
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