China's Xi Jinping calls for fair and objective investigation into downing of Malaysian Airlines jet

Written by Reuters | Beijing | Updated: Jul 19 2014, 13:25pm hrs
China's President Xi Jinping called for a fair and objective investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 aboard, China's official government website said on Saturday.

The investigation should find out the truth as soon as possible, the website reported Xi as saying.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down. The wreckage is strewn across miles of rebel-held territory near the border with Russia, which is mired in conflict with Ukraine.