25 Jun '17, 11pm

Philippines, Vietnam play soccer on S. China Sea isle - The Straits Times

MANILA • The Philippine and Vietnamese navies have been playing soccer, volleyball and tug-of-war games together on a South China Sea island, the latest get-together by two countries concerned by Chinese assertiveness in the disputed waters. The two sides played in mixed teams on Thursday on Southwest Cay in the Spratly archipelago, the Philippine navy said, the third event of its kind since 2014 on an island held four decades ago by the Philippines, but now under Vietnamese control. The games are among a series of exchanges between the two countries, quietly demonstrating their unity in the face of Beijing's expanding presence in the Spratly chain. Philippine Naval Forces West spokesman Ariesh Climacosa said the games showed how the two sides could get along and trust and understand each other better. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up Relations stren...

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