Chinese Coast Guard vessel arriving for ‘friendly visit’, drill with PCG

China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel 5204 is visiting the Philippines this week for a “friendly visit” and joint exercise with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Chinese Embassy in Manila said.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian met with PCG commandant Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia at PCG headquarters on January 10 to tackle the said undertaking.

“Both sides exchanged views on the visit of the China Coast Guard (CCG) Vessel 5204 to the Philippines and the third Meeting of the Joint Coast Guard Committee (JCGC) between China and the Philippines,” the Chinese embassy said.

Moreover, the two agreed to enhance pragmatic cooperation in various fields of coast guarding.

“The visit and meeting will be a good opportunity for both sides to demonstrate goodwill, deepen mutual understanding and trust as well as enhance friendship and cooperation,” the Chinese embassy added.

The Chinese envoy believes” the visit and meeting will inject new impetus into the healthy and steady development of China-Philippine relations, and contribute to the regional peace and stability.”

“Admiral Garcia stated that PCG warmly welcomed the first visit of CCG Vessel to the Philippines and would like to take the opportunity of the third meeting to deepen practical cooperation between the two parties in the fields of transnational crime, maritime search and rescue, environmental protection, and emergency response. The Philippines will continue to work with China to actively promote “Coast Guard Diplomacy” in an effort to enhance mutual trust and promote friendship through exchanges and cooperation,” the Chinese embassy said.