There is growing concern in region that Beijing’s territorial claims, and what some argue is its aggressive stance, could lead to conflict as its global clout grows.
Heather Cho, 40, faces charges of violating aviation safety laws.
Officials were able to pull four corpses from the relatively shallow waters Wednesday, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to seven.
Recent surveys reveal positive trends that some analysts say could lead to broader American acceptance of Chinese-branded goods.
Bodies were located shortly after discovery of wreckage, including what appeared to be an orange life jacket, luggage, and a red and white emergency door.
The grip on Internet freedom in China has tightened once again, with Google's Gmail largely inaccessible for a fourth day.
Southeast Asia took a particularly heavy hit; 3 major events involved weather, two planes were shot down in eastern Ukraine, and one crash was attributed to mechanical problems.
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said 30 ships and 15 aircraft - both planes and helicopters - are involved in the search for the missing plane.
Ceremonies in southern Thailand marking the 10th anniversary of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami brought together hundreds of Thais, foreigners and dignitaries.
National budget relies on oil profits for key slice of spending; also, usual Russian visitors are tightening belts, staying away