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China pulls out 1 of 3 ships, no end yet to sea standoff

Rosemarie Francisco, Reuters
April 13, 2012
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China withdrew one of three ships engaged in a standoff with Philippines vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea on Friday, further easing tension as diplomats pursued efforts to at a solution.
 
A Philippine warship was withdrawn from the area on Thursday and replaced by a coast guard vessel.
 
But the row underscores broader tension extending back decades over jurisdiction in areas in the South China believed to be rich in oil and gas and crossed by major shipping lanes.
 
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