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China rescues 2 Filipino fishermen in disputed shoal

AP  |  Manila 

The Philippine coast guard says its Chinese counterpart has rescued two Filipino fishermen in bad weather in a disputed shoal in a show of how once-frosty relations have improved after President Rodrigo Duterte reached out to revive ties with

Philippine coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said today that Chinese coast guard officials notified them of the rescue in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern and asked how the two can be handed over to Filipino authorities.

Balilo says a patrol ship was sent to pick up the rescued Filipinos from the Chinese coast guard but large waves were preventing the transfer in high seas.

seized the shoal in 2012 but ties have improved after Duterte President Xi Jinping in in October.

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 13:28 IST