(LinkAsia: June 22, 2012)
Now we’ve been following this story for a while. The Philippines and China have been locked in a standoff in the South China Sea for two months, but now the two countries are pulling back. The reason? Crummy weather. Here’s Japanese broadcaster NHK with more.
NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: June 18, 2012
The standoff in waters around Scarborough Shoal erupted in April. Both the Philippines and China claim sovereignty over the uninhabited shoal. On Saturday, the Philippine government ordered a coast guard ship and another vessel in the area to return to port to avoid an approaching typhoon. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei welcomes the move. He said at a news conference on Monday that China will send a vessel to tug Chinese fishing boats in the area to safety.
Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson:
Two Philippine ships left the waters early Saturday morning. China hopes the tension will further ease, and both nations will restore cooperative relations.
However, the spokesperson expressed China’s intention to continue claim over the shoal, adding that the country will continue to monitor surrounding waters.