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China says Russia's investigation into sea accident still going on

2009-02-19 09:44:57 GMT2009-02-19 17:44:57 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia is still continuing its rescue efforts and investigation into the sea accident involving a Chinese cargo ship, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu here Thursday.

A Chinese cargo ship on Sunday sank off the waters near Russia's far-eastern port of Vladivostok. Three Chinese crew members were rescued and seven others were missing, said Jiang.

"The Foreign Ministry and the Chinese consulate in Russia have already respectively raised representations to the Russian Embassy in China and other related Russian departments, urging the Russian side to spare no effort to help search for the missing crew members and quickly find out the causes of the incident," Jiang Yu told a regular press conference.

Chinese consulate officials in Khabarovsk and Vladivostok visited the rescued sailors and offered assistance to handle the aftermath of the accident, Jiang said in response to a question.

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