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PH, China agree on peaceful resolution in standoff


The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said China is cooperative in looking for diplomatic solutions to the Scarborough Shoal standoff.

“We both want to have this resolved asap. We agreed not to do anything to escalate the situation there any further,” DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a press conference after his conversation with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing.

DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez earlier reported that one of three Chinese vessels pulled out of Scarborough Shoal Friday morning to get some supplies, leaving two Chinese vessels and one Philippine Coast Guard there.

Del Rosario assured that “status quo will remain” and there will be no intervention from other countries.

“We worked forward on that basis and we were able to arrive at some agreements,” he added.

The DFA chief and Ambassador Ma initially met last Tuesday but was not able to come up with a solution as the Chinese government insisted that Scarborough Shoal is part of their territory.

The two will meet again tonight to further discuss the issue.

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