PCG calls on China to respect, keep harmonious ties with PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — Coast Guard chief Admiral Artemio Abu urged the Chinese government to respect and maintain its harmonious ties with the Philippines, during a courtesy call to Chinese ambassador Huang Xilian.

The meeting came just days after the incident near Pag-asa Island, where the Chinese Coast Guard forcibly seized rocket debris being towed by a Philippine Navy team.

“Nung makausap natin yung ambassador ng China, eh sinabi ko sa kanya na sana po ganito ang magiging relationship natin sa region….We are espousing the spirit of good neighborhood in the region,” said Abu.

[Translation: When I spoke to the Chinese Ambassador, I told him how to keep our relationship in the region. We are espousing the spirit of good neighborhood in the region.]

According to Abu, he took the opportunity to convey to Huang the country’s diplomatic strategy of maintaining friendly ties with its neighbors, especially Beijing.

“We are espousing the spirit of good neighborhood in the region,” said Abu. “So, the coast guard being a universal service -- isa lang yung nature ng aming existence, ang nature ng trabaho natin [we only have one nature of existence and the nature of our job], and that is to ensure safety, security, and environmental protection.”


In a recent international gathering, Abu reiterated the call for all coast guards in the region to be united in showing respect for each other’s roles. But while the PCG constantly takes part in global engagements, he added that national policies are determined by the President and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

With reports from CNN Philippines senior correspondent David Santos