PH-China withdraw ships from Scarborough

The Philippines and China have both agreed to withdraw key vessels from the disputed Scarborough Shoal following consultations between the two countries. DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said only 30 Chinese fishing vessels remain in the area after the withdrawal. Malacañang has hailed the move, saying that it eased tensions, and that it was a step in the right direction. The Philippines has deployed a new ambassador to China to help mend the dispute, which experts say is more diplomatic than military in nature. President Benigno Aquino III also has the crisis on the agenda when he meets with US President Barack Obama this week.  

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