Philippine president says no war with China over shoal

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The Philippine president says his Southeast Asian nation won't start a war with China over a disputed shoal where their ships have figured in a tense naval standoff for a week.

President Benigno Aquino III said on Monday that his country would assert its sovereignty over the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines but has pulled out a warship and replaced it with a coast guard vessel to “de—escalate the situation.” He says the he will continue talks with China to resolve the impasse Aquino, quoting the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, said- “It's better to jaw, jaw, jaw than to war,- AFP



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