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Philippines, China Eye Compromise to End Standoff

12 April 2012

Philippine and Chinese diplomats scrambled on Thursday to find a possible compromise to end a tense naval standoff in the disputed South China Sea that could save face for both sides and ease tensions.
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. China was expected to respond to the proposal at the earliest on Thursday.—AP