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China appeals to Malaysia for search information

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 leave from a room at a hotel in Beijing, China, Friday, March 14, 2014. A Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying for hundreds of miles or more, a U.S. official briefed on the search said Thursday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — China has urged Malaysia's government to release any information it has regarding the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner to help narrow the search area.

Friday's appeal by the Foreign Ministry reflects growing frustration among Chinese officials over mixed and conflicting information about the plane, which vanished nearly a week ago with 239 people aboard.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, said at a news briefing that Beijing "urgently appeals" for any information regarding the search.

Hong said that would "help all sides in the search to make their search more effective and accurately targeted."

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