Vietnam and Philippine naval troops have conducted friendly games and activities in one of disputed island in Spratly Islands showing camaraderie and healthy relations between two nations even in the midst of disputes.
“This serves as a model of cooperation for other navies to emulate,” Vietnam and Philippines said in a joint statement.
According to LtCdr. Gerard Fabic, spokesman of the Philippine Navy, the troops played soccer, volleyball, and tug-of-war. They also presented cultural shows, singing, and dancing. Two navy troops shared food and beer.
The event was held at Southwest Cay in Spratly Islands. In 1975, a party was held at Northeast Cay, Philippine troops guarding the Southwest Cay attended the party and upon their return, they found that the South Vietnamese, who were then allies, had occupied the island in their absence.