PHL, China coast guards to discuss possibility of joint exercises on maritime security

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The Philippine Coast Guard and China Coast Guard (CCG) are discussing the possibility of conducting joint exercises on maritime security during the visit of CCG in Manila this week.

Earlier today, January 14, the PCG welcomed CCG vessel 5204 for week-long visit. While in Manila, a joint search and rescue and firefighting exercises will be held.

“PCG and CCG will discuss about communication protocols, search and rescue (SAR), and the possibility of conducting joint exercises on maritime security. There will also be an exchange of best practices on maritime affairs and law enforcement,” PCG said.

It noted that CCG’s port call in Manila is intended to enhance cooperation and understanding between Philippines and China, specifically in the conduct of patrol operations in a way that will not instigate provocation.

“This is the first time in history that the PCG and CCG formally sit down and talk to enhance relationship and establish smooth coordination in relation to maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, maritime safety, marine environmental protection, and maritime security in compliance to the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the PCG to develop strong diplomatic relations with CCG,” PCG chief Admiral Joel S. Garcia said.