China demands evidence of Malaysia flight location as families protest for more information

BY Justin Scuiletti  March 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM EDT
Chinese relatives of the flight MH370 march towards the Malaysian Embassy on March 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Chinese relatives of the flight MH370 march towards the Malaysian Embassy on March 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Hundreds of angry relatives of passengers that were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 marched on the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing Tuesday with demands of more information.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced Monday that the airliner, which has been missing for 18 days, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. The relatives, gathered in protest, were not keen to accept that answer.

Separated from the embassy by Chinese police, protesters joined in chants such as “Malaysian government has cheated us” while holding signs that read “We want our families. We want the truth.”

The Chinese government is also playing skeptical. China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng Monday demanded all of Malaysia’s relevant data analysis from satellites on how the country came to their conclusions. On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said it hoped that Britain would provide the data from British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, whose data Prime Minister Razak cited when claiming the plane had crashed.