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The Philippine government said its newest warship is locked in a standoff with two Chinese surveillance vessels in a fresh dispute over fishing rights in the resource-rich South China Sea, potentially escalating an already-tense security environment in the contested region.

Seeking solution: Philippine foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario says Manila and Beijing have agreed to diplomatically resolve the standoff.(Bullit Marquez/AP)

Philippine foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario said he met with Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing and both reaffirmed their governments’ positions that the Scarborough Shoal where the ships are facing off was part of their own country’s territory and neither was ready to stand down.

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