Two Chinese naval frigates are paying a port call near Myanmar's old capital, Yangon.

The Zhoushan and the Xiangtan berthed Friday at Thilawa, south of Yangon, as Myanmar military dignitaries waved in welcome.

China's ambassador to Myanmar, Hong Liang, said the visit showed the two countries' military relations are close, "like brothers."

The Chinese navy vessels are returning from an escort mission to the Gulf of Aden. It is the second such port call in Myanmar in recent years.

China has been wooing its fast-growing neighbor after relations cooled earlier this decade. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won an election in November 2015, is showing a renewed willingness to embrace China, the country's top trading partner and investor.