Stranded Philippine ship moves from shoal: Chinese Foreign Ministry

China Daily Published: 2018-09-05 18:06:44
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The Philippines moved the BRP Gregorio del Pilar from the Banyue Shoal early on Tuesday morning, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, adding that China hasn't found any environmental damage, such as an oil spill.

The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar is seen after it ran aground during a routine patrol in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys Group of islands in the South China Sea, August 31, 2018. [Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP]

The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio del Pilar is seen after it ran aground during a routine patrol in the vicinity of Half Moon Shoal, which is called Hasa Hasa in the Philippines, off the disputed Spratlys Group of islands in the South China Sea, August 31, 2018. [Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines via AP]

The Philippine military vessel ran aground near the Banyue Shoal in the Nansha Islands on Aug 29.

China has followed the incident closely and has kept in contact with the Philippines, Hua told a news conference on Wednesday.

The Philippines informed China of the incident and its rescue plan after the stranding happened, and both sides had discussions over China's assistance, Hua said.

China's coast guard, on duty in the waters, had good interaction with the Philippine ships, and the Philippines expressed appreciation for China's goodwill, Hua said.

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