Philippines, China commit to diplomacy in standoff

13-Apr-2012 Intellasia | AP | 7:01 AM Print This Post

Philippine officials say Filipino and Chinese diplomats are working to find a possible compromise to end a tense naval standoff in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippine officials proposed an arrangement to break the impasse at the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines, where a Philippine warship tried to detain Chinese fishing boats but was stopped by two Chinese surveillance craft. The standoff entered a third day Thursday.

Two Philippine officials say that China, through its ambassador in Manila, is expected to respond at the earliest on Thursday, when both sides resume talks.

The officials, who are monitoring the talks, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the negotiations with the media.-By JIM GOMEZ

In this April 10, 2012 released by the Philippine Navy, Filipino naval personnel look at giant clam shells on board a Chinese fishing vessel at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, near the Philippines. The Philippine government said Wednesday it agreed with China to diplomatically resolve a tense standoff involving a Philippine warship and two Chinese surveillance vessels in the disputed South China Sea, the most dangerous confrontation between the sides in recent years. The Philippine government said the standoff began when its navy tried to detain Chinese boats fishing in its waters, but was stopped by two Chinese surveillance craft. (AP Photo/Philippine Navy)


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