NYT: China Hindering MH370 Search, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Chinese ship in search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane.

Chinese ship in search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane.

Currently the most commented article of the week on Chinese web portal NetEase…

From NetEase:

American Media Claims China is Hindering the Search for the Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane, China Strongly Objects

According to a report by The New York Times, a naval vessel of the Chinese government this month had announced detecting underwater signals of what may be the missing Malaysia Airlines airplane. However, this announcement by China was discounted within days. According to government officials and analysts, China’s announcement may been one in a series of moves to project competence, but in the end instead interfered and delayed search efforts. In the first week of the search, China made public several satellite photos allegedly showing wreckage in the South China Seas that it was later determined that those objects were unrelated debris. This statement provoked Malaysia Transportation Department officials to vocally criticize China as wasting other countries’ time in the search for the missing plane.

Global Times consolidated report — “China’s Actions in Hunt for Jet Are Seen as Hurting as Much as Helping” — Although the headline is somewhat polite, the main topic of the American New York Times report on the 15th boils down to one thing: China has “hindered” the search for the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane. This widely published article claims that in the first week following the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines jet, China announced satellite images misleading the search towards the South China Seas; later, “Haixun 01’s” mistaken detection of signals delayed the search for the plane’s black box… After the March 8th disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, China’s national leaders have given numerous instructions with China dispatching the most ships and planes towards the sea area where the search is being conducted, but in the perspective of The New York Times, this is all a chance for “China to recover lost prestige, and at the same time project competence to the world”. The Voice of America said on the 15th that China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed strong dissatisfaction in response to the criticisms of The New York Times and criticized it as being irresponsible. The report quoted the spokesperson saying that China’s only purpose is to do everything it can to find the plane, that the search for the Malaysia Airlines plane has entered a critical stage, and not knowing what purpose is behind this article by The New York Times.

“China’s claims have hindered the search for MH370” was the headline attached to a republishing of The New York Times article by American FOX News on the 15th. This New York Times report submitted from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur starts off with a ridiculing tone saying that on April 5th, China’s “Haixun 01” “took the world by surprise in announcing that it may have detected underwater from the missing flight, and suddenly China looked like the hero of the multinational search effort”, “but several days later, the Chinese claims were discounted, and attention shifted to another set of signals recorded by American personnel aboard an Australian ship hundreds of miles away.” The article says China’s claims “have made officials from the United States and other participating countries angry [“exasperated”]”. “There are officials and analysts who believe that the purpose of this announcement may have been to project competence, but only served to distract and delay the search effort.” One anonymous American Defense Department official said: ““Everybody wants to find the plane, but false leads slow down the investigation.”

[The rest of the article reprinted from Global Times describes the content of the original New York Times article.]

Comments from NetEase:

于小小龙 [网易辽宁省丹东市网友]:

The most responsible party in this should be Malaysia. The behavior of United States, as the world’s police, with the most advanced equipment and resources, is also disappointing.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:113.116.*.*:

Bullshit, this is going too far. Other countries have also announced various photos of debris/wreckage floating on ocean waters. Are people not supposed to immediately announce when they’ve discovered clues? Are people supposed to be like Malaysia in being secretive?

网易湖南省手机网友 ip:222.246.*.*:

The Australians say the two pings that the Chinese have detected are the same pings detected by the Australians. This American dog hasn’t provided any manpower or physical resources in this missing Malaysia Airlines plane incident, and instead stays on the side making comments, as if watching a show, as the bad guy who complains first. Wherever American dogs are is wherever no peace can be found. Another United Nations should be established, one that excludes the American dogs.

网易福建省厦门市网友 ip:120.32.*.*:

Western countries have ulterior motives. This is a trick they often use, confusing right and wrong, inverting black and white [distorting the truth/facts], all with hidden agendas.

黄易特约小编 [网易四川省宜宾市手机网友]:

It is Malaysia who is continually hindering the search.

啤酒花1970 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市手机网友]:

Then Malaysia reporting the crash in the Thailand bay and American satellite discovering uncertain debris didn’t affect the search?

网易德国手机网友 ip:176.198.*.*:

If you can search better, then come. Stop criticizing from the sidelines.

网易河北省保定市手机网友 ip:111.11.*.*:

Although China may have been more of a hindrance than help, but no matter what, China is just trying to help!!!

网易江西省南昌市手机网友 ip:115.148.*.*: (responding to above)

A bunch of stupid cunts. Let me ask some questions. If it wasn’t for Malaysia being uncertain, would China have moved its satellites to help search? Has Malaysia delayed/hindered the search more or China? Could China not tell you all when it has found suspicions objects in its search? What help has the Americans given? Did China ever say the debris it found was definitely the plane? Has the plane been found yet? Is the plane certainly not in the South China Sea?

网易青海省西宁市手机网友 ip:223.220.*.*:

TMD, was it the Chinese who said the plane was in the South China Seas? Truth-distorting Americans.

20476685 [网易北京市海淀区手机网友]:

Perhaps it really is as they say, that we’ve harmed as much as we’ve helped. But I think maybe we are just unlucky. After all, it is like finding a needle in the ocean, and the probability of the things we find not being the needle is enormous.

网易福建省手机网友 ip:110.89.*.*:

Once again putting the blame on us. 👍

网易甘肃省兰州市手机网友 ip:125.75.*.*:

Oh, the information is from Global Shit Times

网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友 ip:175.167.*.*:

Reports by Global Times cannot be completely believed/trusted.

网易山东省德州市手机网友 ip:119.189.*.*:

Those announcements/claims were all made by temporary workers

董雨田 [网易山东省日照市手机网友]:

A son wanted to join the military every since he was small. The day comes when he finally has the chance, so he goes up to his father and says:
“I want to join the army to defend the country. If Imperialist America truly dares to invade…”
“Whack!”, the father slapped him across the face.

Father: You can’t even defend your family, and you want to defend the country? Tell me, what can the Americans steal from you? What does the country have that needs your your defense?
Son: I want to defend our land [territory]…
Father: Heh heh, first tell me, what land do you have? You can’t even afford to purchase a home several square meters large, and even if you could, you’d only have 70 years of temporary usage rights, and you talk about land? Wait until you have land before you go defend it!

Son: The United States want to annex us…
Father: Don’t you talk about going abroad every day? Aren’t a bunch of your classmates also wanting to go abroad? If they annex us, then the expenses of going abroad can be saved.
Son: If we’re annexed, then it’ll be the white people who make decisions [who rule], and Chinese people will become second-class citizens.
Father: When Americans elect a president, it is one vote per person. If we’re annexed/merged, then it’ll be us 1.3 billion Chinese people versus 200 million white people, so who will be making decisions [rule]?

Son: If the Americans attack, they’ll topple our People’s Government, so I want to defend the People’s Government!
Father: “Whack!” (another slap). Just who do you want to defend? The Tax Bureau? The Ministry of Finance? The National Reform and Development Commission? The Securities Commission? The Health Department? The State Food and Drug Administration? The Housing Management Bureau? The Planning Department The Family Planning Office? The Chengguan? Or is it the National Football [Soccer] League? If you want to defend these bastards, just watch how I’m going to break your legs…
Son: (rashly/obstinate/sarcastically) I’ve figured it out now! If the Americans invade, I’ll just go open the door and welcome in the American armies!
Father: “Whack!” You think you’ll have the opportunity to do so? Those [Chinese] government officials have long ago already prepared the welcome feasts.

Many of the comments are mutual accusations and insults of “American running dogs” vs. “50 Cent Party.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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