China / Philippine Standoff

Posted on April 11, 2012

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The Philippines foreign secretary has said he and the Chinese ambassador have agreed to resolve diplomatically a stand-off involving a Philippine warship and two Chinese surveillance vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

Albert Del Rosario said he met ambassador Ma Keqing and both reaffirmed their governments’ positions that the Scarborough Shoal where the ships are facing off was part of their own country’s territory.

Mr Del Rosario said that despite the impasse, “we resolved to seek a diplomatic solution to the issue”.

The Philippine government says its navy tried to detain Chinese fishermen but was prevented by the Chinese surveillance craft. Beijing called on the Philippine ship to leave the waters.

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