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March 18, 2014 - 7:18 am

China acknowledged that it had just begun searching on its territory for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, days after multinational experts agreed that satellite pings indicated the Boeing 777 could have taken a northern route into central Asia.

“China has started search and rescue operation in the Chinese territory of the northern corridor area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang Tuesday,” Xinhua reported in a one-sentence story.

In a lengthier piece highlighted on the state press agency’s site, Beijing said it’s sending its largest rescue vessel, Haixun 01, to Singapore today to take on supplies before heading to search around Indonesia’s narrow Sunda Strait.

“At 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Transportation ordered all Chinese vessels in the Gulf of Thailand to leave for searches in the waters southeast of the Bay of Bengal and near the Sunda Strait,” Xinhua said.

China also said it had assigned 21 satellites to look for the plane and declared definitively that no Chinese aboard the plane had links to terrorism.

The PRC has been notably subdued since the plane, which included 153 Chinese among the 239 passengers and crew, went missing on a redeye flight March 8.

Xinhua did issue an editorial today saying “any country that drags its feet at this moment is not showing due respect to the 239 lives aboard the missing plane.”

“It is known to all that inaccurate, or at least incomplete, information led the initial search in the South China Sea nowhere and thus that precious time was wasted,” the state-sanctioned commentary continued. “…But there is also no doubt that Malaysia bears unshirkable responsibility to set up an information-sharing platform. In the meantime, other parties possessing valuable data and information, including intelligence superpower the United States, also have a duty to offer the platform timely data and information.”

Ironically, it was China who delayed the search.

The Malaysian military noted early on that it had caught MH370 on radar doubling back over the peninsula to the west. China stepped in soon after with satellite photos it said showed wreckage in the South China Sea.

Search crews were diverted from the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea by the find, and equally perplexed that China said it captured the images four days before the release of the photos. Nothing was found, and China then claimed that the images were released in error.

Experts said the images didn’t even look like plane debris, with a large piece measuring about 72 feet square.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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intelligence superpower the United States
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Sorry, all our intelligence agencies are busy checking how much porn any and every opponent of Obama is watching online.

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"intelligence superpower the United States,"

I think the Chinese are being sarcastic.
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It could be that after the transponders were turned off that the flight hugged the Chinese frontier. The Chinese air force however would have picked up the airline on radar and dispatched an interceptor. The interceptor could have shot first and asked questions later. That is, the Chinese could have mistakenly shot down the jetliner. And to save face, the CHICOM government lied. For the last 10 days they could have had their soldiers clean up the last remains of the flight in order to hide the evidence.

The scenario above was outlined yesterday here at PJ Media. It sounds plausible; but, as the PJ reporter admitted, this would require that none of the satellites orbiting the earth would have picked up the wreckage.
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What if the 2 Iranians were part of the so-called opposition and did plan to use the plane for an attack, but on establishment Iran? I could see the Malay-Muslim flight crew along with pragmatic Chinese nationals: 1) making the plane could not be commandeered and 2) quickly disposing of the 2 and disappearing the plane for an extended time as to dispirit the Iranian opposition further. China has a lot of business with the mullahs and I'm sure out of 150 nationals on board, more than a few were not pleased with the concept of being an unwilling participant in a counterstrike.
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intelligence superpower the United States
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Sorry, all our intelligence agencies are busy checking how much porn any and every opponent of Obama is watching online.

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Oh, I see. chinese techies were all asleep and if the largest commercial airliner working today just happened to race across its landscape, they would not have a clue, right? Remember, they were the ones who shot down Korean flight 007, without any provocation or regret. Yep, I'm sure they are looking hard.
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Actually, it was the USSR that shot down KAL 007.

But still, the northern route that's being bandied about is close on the India-China border and they have fought wars in recent memory so I'd think there was some kind of military radar active in the area.
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Yep...sorry about that. Soviet Fighters, Marxist philosophies..... My bad.
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