The race is on: Search for missing jetliner tests US, China power in hotly contested Pacific

  • by: CHRISTOPHER BODEEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 18, 2014 - 4:30 AM

TOKYO — Finding the missing Malaysian jetliner would be a coup for any of the more than two dozen countries out there looking. But for China and the United States, it's a lot more than that — it has been a chance for the two rival powers in the Pacific to show off what they can do in a real-life humanitarian mission across one of the world's most hotly contested regions.

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