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

BEIJING, July 19 Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:08pm EDT

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BEIJING, July 19 (Reuters) - 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. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Paul Tait)

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