Vietnam commemorates soldiers who died in deadly naval fight against Chinese

By An Dy, Thanh Nien News

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A Da Nang official gave flowers to families of fallen soldiers in the ceremony on Sunday. Photo: An Dy

Authorities in the central city of Da Nang organized Sunday a ceremony to commemorate Vietnamese soldiers who lost their lives defending the Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands in 1988.
The ceremony also marked the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army. 
More than 100 Truong Sa former soldiers, families of 10 martyrs who died in the Johnson South Reef Skirmish (living in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province) and war veterans in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces attended the ceremony. 
The Da Nang City Association of War Veterans and other organizations awarded presents to the families of the 10 martyrs. 
The Johnson South Reef Skirmish of 1988 was a naval battle that took place between Chinese and Vietnamese forces over the Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands on 14 March 1988. 
Sixty-four Vietnamese soldiers were killed in the battle.

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