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China calls Noy order to recall ships ‘withdrawal’ 06/19/2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

China calls Noy order to recall ships ‘withdrawal’

06/19/2012
China considers the pull out of Philippine government vessels from the disputed Scarborough Shoal as a “withdrawal” and said yesterday it welcomed President Aquino’s decision to withdraw two ships from the area and at the same time expressed hope it would calm tensions.

“The Chinese side has been urging the Philippine side to take measures to de-escalate the situation,” Chinese embassy spokesman Zhang Hua said in a statement.

Malacañang, however, insisted the other day that Aquino asked the government ships engaged in a standoff with the more numerous Chinese state vessels to leave the area due to bad weather but later on said that the redeployment of the ships are being reviewed..... MORE

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