The Chinese coastguard paid its first visit to Manila this week. Photo: Handout
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Beijing and Manila need more than coastguard diplomacy to fix South China Sea problems

  • The first visit by a Chinese coastguard ship to Manila is a milestone moment
  • But if Beijing is serious about boosting cooperation, it must exercise greater restraint in the contested waters

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The Chinese coastguard paid its first visit to Manila this week. Photo: Handout
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.