Philippine ships leave Huangyan because of Butchoy Tropical Storms in Area 16 june 2012
The Philippine president Benigno Aquino III has ordered two ships to pull out from Huangyan Island because of bad weather.
This comes as Typhoon “Butchoy” further intensifies, as it continues to move farther over the Pacific to the North of the Philippines. The Philippine foreign ministry says they have not decided whether to send the ships back to the area after the typhoon passes.
Ships from both China and the Philippines have been at a stand off near Huangyan for the past two months.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry says its government ships will continue to offer management and services to fishing boats. China has reiterated its sovereignty over Huangyan, calling for a diplomatic solution to the issue.