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JUST IN:China's Coast Guard rescues Pinoy fishermen near disputed Panatag Shoal

China's coastguard rescued two Filipino fishermen from a capsized boat near a disputed South China Sea shoal on Friday, underlining the fast thawing of ties between two countries long at odds over sovereignty.

A Philippine Coast Guard vessel navigated choppy waters to collect the two fishermen from the Chinese ship, in what would be the first time in four years both countries' coastguards were in close proximity in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a rocky outcrop at the heart of years of diplomatic tension.

"As we speak, the Chinese vessel is linking up with our own ship to turn over the two Filipino fishermen," said Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo.

"It is taking some time because the waters in the area are very rough." [source]

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