As reported in Vanity Fair.
And this is what the families of the Chinese victims say
Officially the Chinese government is still demanding the Malaysia side cough up the data from the satellites conveniently forgetting that they were not Malaysian assets to begin with.
We are indeed caught between a rock and a hard place. To the north we have in the words of my late father who warned me about the "wild hearted" Chinese after seeing how the Communists dragged my grandfather away and to the south we have the savage Indonesians.
Chinese public opinion is vengeful and unrestrained. They will wait patiently for revenge as I believe that is what they are planning to do with Japan eventually for World War II atrocities. This is utter madness.
Today I see close up what my late father had warned me about the Chinese.
Malaysia is paying a heavy price for their bumbling incompetence. Dr. Goh was right that we should have no patience with stupidity. The price is simply too high.
Without the American restraint, it is a matter of time Asian nations are at each other throats since face here is regarded more highly than life. Forget about economic imperatives. When they are proud and rich they will forget and stupidly believe they could bully others and win.
Update: March 26 9:50 am
The Malaysians are more composed and restrained. We can all understand why indirect evidence that the plane crashed isn't good enough. After all this is about life and death. However we wished we cannot expect people to be rational and we have to engage them emotionally. But the manner the Chinese had behaved was inexcusable and unbecoming of a great power aspirant.
Update: March 26: 10:05 am
I just received in my mail William Pesek's scathing commentary on Bloomberg over China's behavior over Flight 370.
I agree! China is a brute. Here is my response to that email.
You know how I have always felt about the Chinese, what I had learnt from my late father about them.
Peaceful rise of China? People should grow up and stop being in denial. If ever they are truly able, they will teach Japan a lesson by repaying them with Nanking. Just hope I am no longer alive to see that day! But more likely a civilization based on the Guojian mentality of getting its revenge will more likely destroy itself. Throughout history until the Enlightenment the Chinese can be seen as the least worst. Of course relatively speaking, least worse always look good. Unfortunately for them we live in a post Enlightenment society. Unless they can ideologically succeed where we just came from in the last 200 years or so, China can forget about being a great power. It doesn't have the bedrock to build on. Ancient China has class. Modern China is a brute.
Update: March 28 8:50 pm
The Chinese chose to provide more evidence to my thesis. Shame on them. This is so unbecoming of a rising power. See Malayisakini. Meanwhile they must bear in mind how the HongKongers dislike them and why the youths in Taiwan have occupied the legislature protesting basically against the Chinese. Don't we all know how the Africans also hate them. You see, their habits at home are exported overseas and they are brutal and self serving. If they oppress their own people they will do the same everywhere as long as they have the means to project power.
China must change its cultural DNA or it will become a prisoner of history like it was for millennial. Their best hope for achieving this is in the underground church which they persecute. It is a huge act of faith to suggest this because it truly feels hopeless.