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