China Coast Guard marks first visit to Philippines


Jun Endo


Nikkei Asian Review


 January 15, 2020


A China Coast Guard vessel paid a friendly visit to the Philippines for the first time on Tuesday, as Beijing aggressively courts the Southeast Asian nation and downplays its maritime disputes in the region. The Philippine Coast Guard held a welcome ceremony for the ship, coded 5204, at the Port of Manila while the ship's captain Wang Zhongcai invited Philippine Coast Guard commander Joel Garcia on board for a tour.