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China Coast Guard ship makes first-ever official visit to Philippines

15 January 2020
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A CCG Type 718B patrol ship was welcomed in Philippines with a ceremony on 14 January, marking the start of the first ever official visit by a CCG vessel to the Southeast Asian country. Source: Xinhua via news.cn

A China Coast Guard (CCG) ship has paid an official visit to the Philippines for the first time ever and taken part in exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in an effort to improve bilateral ties amid tensions between Beijing and Manila over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

The 102 m-long Type 718B patrol ship (with pennant number 5204), was welcomed at the PCG's national headquarters in Port Area, Manila, on 14 January in a ceremony that was also attended by PCG Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia and CCG Director General Major General Wang Zhongcai.

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