Chinese coastguard vessel 5204 arrives in Manila for a “friendly visit” and sceptical welcome from some in the Philippines. Photo: Xinhua

China likely to step up coastguard port calls as part of South China Sea soft power play, analysts say

  • Chinese vessel’s arrival in the Philippines opens way for new kind of diplomacy in disputed waters but it is also seen as reminder of less friendly persuasion
  • Beijing military commentator sees visits as opportunities to improve communication and narrow scope for confrontation
Topic |   South China Sea
Chinese coastguard vessel 5204 arrives in Manila for a “friendly visit” and sceptical welcome from some in the Philippines. Photo: Xinhua
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