WAS MH 370 DOWNED BY A CHINESE MISSILE
There is growing speculation in both diplomatic and in media circles that the Malaysian
Airlines flight MH370 may have been brought down in the South China Sea in an area
patrolled and controlled by China.
The testimony of New Zealand oil rig worker Mike McKay as relayed to ABC journalist Bob
Woodruff, corroborates the evidence of Kota Baru based fisherman Azid Ibrahim and
residents of an atoll in the disputed South China Sea that an aircraft resembling the ill fated
MAS 370 was seen flying low then in a fireball crashing into the South China Sea.
What follows in Kiwi Mike McKay’s observation is consistent with that of an aircraft having
been hit by a missile from the ground (sea) or air which would have hastened the demise of
the plane, its crew and passengers in a fireball.
Description of the aircraft’s low flying manouvers given by Azid Ibrahim is described by a
retired US fighter pilot as being ‘consistent with an aircraft evading radar when intercepted’.
Whatever theory one follows in this mystery, one thing is clear, China has been very vocal
as a critic of the Malaysians and everyone else but less than candid, cooperative or
transparent itself in assisting with discovering whatever it is that happened to MH 370. In
fact China’s conduct throughout this episode raises very serious questions about China’s
own probity in the handling of information and facts in the disappearance of MH 370.
International Aviation Rules requires pilots of interceptors aircraft (in this case Chinese) to
rock their wings and at night, flash lights to tell the crew of the intruding plane: ”You have
been intercepted. Follow me.” The rules call for the off-course plane (if it was MH 370) to
duplicate the procedure to signal: ”Understood, will comply.” The off course aircraft ( if it
was Malaysian Airlines MH370) is then required to descend to an altitude where it is safely
able to lower its landing gear and lower it as a sign of compliance.
WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah or more likely First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid who may have
been in control at the time, may have panicked on seeing an armed fighter jet next to him at
night and chosen the alternative course of action instinctively of going below radar to get
away from the Chinese interceptors.
Fariq Abdul Hamid the lesser experienced of the two pilots may have never had the
experience of encountering an armed fighter jet mid flight in his career. And not many pilots
In 1979 A Libyan civilian Airliner was brought down by Israel killing all aboard because as
Israel claimed at the time “the pilot refused to comply with international civil aviation rules“.
That reasoning was debunked by their own admission years later to be a lie and utter
nonsense. It was a deliberate military action against Libya.
Details and the full truth of that shooting down of a civilian airliner emerged a decade later
when former Israeli Mossad agent, Victor Ostrowski described the events in his book ”By
Way of Deception” as the deliberate action by Israel in bringing down the Libyan airliner in
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the mistaken belief it was carrying Abu Nidal a notorious Palestinian resistance fighter
MH 370 may not have strayed its course, although if it did, straying from the course is not
uncommon in civilian or military aviation. Panic stations in such circumstances is not
The Chinese after all claim all of the South China Sea and beyond as theirs. The Chinese
have demonstrated in recent times a propensity to use force to make their point as they
also have in the past with the US, Japan and other countries passing through the East and
South China Seas.
LOCAL CHINESE AND DIVERSIONARY TACTICS IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTHERLAND
The local Malaysian Chinese population through people like MP Hannah Yeoh and her
party boss, the perennial opposition leader Lim Kit Siang, both ethnic Chinese, have been
goading the government of Malaysia with their scurrilous tweets and defamatory claims with
provocative racial slurs published in ”Chinglish” on their blogs and tweets about the
disappearance of MH370.
Both Kit Siang and Hannah Yeoh somehow appar to believe that the Malay government is
responsible for the disappearance of MH 370. The many Chinese of Malaysia now join the
China Chinese in repeating that slur against the Malay government and its people at every
Kit Siang like Yeoh bars and censors anyone from their blogs who hold a view that is
different to theirs or in any way seeks to dampen their Chinese chauvinistic rants against
especially Malaysia’s majority Malays.
China (and others who support them in the region) has now desperately diverted their
search from the most probable area of where the plane may have gone down (the South
China Sea) to the southern Indian ocean and Turkmenistan. The Muslim bogey and the
confused Malay theory both are easily believable and plausible theories amongst many in
the gullible west promoted by Malaysia’s Chinese.
Many now believe the current diversion to the Southern Indian Ocean is a convenient ruse
to enable the Chinese to mop up the mess in their area of control in the South China Sea or
at least to continue with the search on their own terms. Even if debris is now found in the
southern Indian ocean it could have originated from many different points of origin.
CHINA’S IDEA OF INTERNATIONAL RULES
The arrogance of the Chinese by their behaviour and their unique distorted ideas of
observance of international aviation rules is legend.
For instance in its 2001 conduct of intercepting a US Navy EP3 Orion over Hainan Island it
broke every law of the air and sea. In the Hainan Island incident China’s fighter jets
rammed a US EP3 Orion in breach of internationally accepted aviation rules in the first of
many such incidents involving the Chinese navy and its airforce in the south China Sea. Not
much confidence in their civility when it comes to observance of civil aviation rules. China’s
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behavior was violent, aggressive and overboard.
China does not have a history of compliance with international rules even in the conduct of
its civilian aviation industry. Its heavy handedness and crude diplomacy leaves a lot to be
desired. But “who will bell the cat?”
What most observers do not see is the unprecedented level of militarization of the South
China sea by China especially around those atolls which China has a dominant presence
and makes unilateral claims over.
Viet Nam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan all lay claim to the atolls
in the south China sea especially the Spratleys .but it is China that has aggressively
patrolled the area engaging in firefights with the Philippines and Viet Nam on numerous
occasions. No example of them adhering to the civil norms of maritime or civil aviation
regulations and laws.
CHINA THREATENS WAR WITH JAPAN
China in January of 2014 unilaterally declared the area around the Senkaku islands claimed
by both China and Japan. In November 2013, China announced the creation of a new air-
defence identification zone, which would demand any aircraft in the zone to comply with a
number of rules laid down by Beijing.
The area covers the airspace above the disputed islands, and also overlaps with Japan’s
claimed air-defence zone. Japan labelled the move a “unilateral escalation”. The US has
moved to beef up the Japanese air defences whilst Taiwan and the Philippines have sought
to shore up their own offensive capabilities in the face of Chinese aggression aided by
foreign Chinese settler communities.
SOUTH EAST ASIANS KOW TOWING TO CHINA
China treats its south east Asian neighbours with little respect bordering on contempt
because of its over bearing physical size, its economic might and its military strength.
Part of the blame with this relationship lies with the south east Asian governments
themselves having to deal with a restive, avaricious and sizeable local Chinese populations
with loyalties to the mainland. having yielded much of their own territorial and political
sovereignty to an aggressive and expansionist China.
South east Asian government’s (excepting the Philippines), have ‘kow towed’ to the
Chinese since its economic liberalization. seeking economic favours in return. China in turn
hold many of them captive and does as it pleases with each of them. Malaysia is now
feeling the heat of its subservience to China.
Today the Chinese so well entrenched politically, socially and economically in south east
Asia are able to run riot over the other five countries excepting Taiwan who have an equal if
not more legitimate claim to the disputed regions in the south China sea.
China use its local proxies in the region to destabilize non compliant governments as it did
during the time of Mao. Chinese “opposition groups” like the MCA and DAP in Malaysia the
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Kuomintang now reformed., all with allegiance to the “motherland” have served to
undermine the political integrity and sovereignty of countries like Malaysia.
A very high powered Malaysia delegation has left for China over the last few days seeking
to pacify the ‘angry’ Chinese who suggest that Malaysia is not doing all it can to find the
missing MH 370 aircraft which carried a large compliment of Chinese nationals as
CHINA’S HISTORY OF AIR AND SEA PIRACY
If China as suspected did in fact shoot down the aircraft, they have every means of
concealing their mischief as they always have done throughout history. They are able to
strong arm the Malaysian government, they are able to bully the US and Europe at this
moment of strained relations between Europe and Moscow and they are able to remove
any trace (if there is any left) of MH 370 if indeed MH 370 was shot down by a Chinese
missile in disputed waters claimed and patrolled by China.
China thus far remains the only country that has not contributed in a transparent way to the
search effort. It says a lot of things with little to show for its ‘efforts’. It threatened and forced
Viet Namese jets and patrol boats it claimed was ‘breaching its territorial waters’, it has
helped foreign reporters orchestrate highly emotive scenes and ‘gate crashing’ ministerial
press briefings in Kuala Lumpur and has denied the international media any attempt at
speaking to Chinese ministry of defence officials to quiz them about what they the Chinese
know about the disappearance of MH375.
China and the Chinese in general have never ever understood the meaning of transparency
or openness. Malaysia and all of south east Asia in the meantime although suspicious of
the Chinese feel threatened and are vulnerable to destabilization of their governments
through withdrawal of investment and political instability driven by local Chinese
communities funded by foreign money.
WHY THEY ALL NEED CHINA NOW
Of all the countries that would have superior technology in the air and under the sea all
visible from their satellites is Russia. But the US and Europe in recent days have gravely
miscalculated the strength and resolve of Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The US and
Europe and their allies have badly damaged their relations with Russia. They now need a
cooperative and compliant China as a bulwark against an assertive Russia to redress the
military and economic imbalance it now faces from Russia in Europe.
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