U.S.-China Militaries “Hoop It Up” During China Port Visit


Story Number: NNS061122-10Release Date: 11/22/2006 11:58:00 AM
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By Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs

ZHANJIANG, China (NNS) -- U.S. Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10) participated in a sports exhibition Nov. 16 with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) here.

The basketball game was part of several sporting activities held here during Juneau's port visit and the U.S.-China Search-and-Rescue Exercise (SAREX).

The Chinese Navy team routed the Juneau team with a final score of 102-60. Despite the Juneau team's loss, they were pleased to be a part of fostering U.S. and Chinese relations.

"Overall, I felt like this was a very good experience in that we played a diplomatic role in a very important relation-building event," said Cryptological Technician Seaman Pearce Wilson.

At half-time, U.S. and Chinese Marines demonstrated their prowess in a friendly tug-of-war match with the victory going to the Chinese three out of three pulls. At the end of the meet, an exchange of gifts and a congratulatory handshake between both teams demonstrated good sportsmanship and showed spectators the existing bond between both military forces.

"This tug-of-war match is good for camaraderie," said Marine Cpl. Jeremy Tocco of Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. "It shows that other militaries around the world are just same - they love sports and a little friendly competition just like we do."

The SAREX and port visit events underscores the U.S. Pacific Fleet's commitment to supporting ongoing cooperative efforts in the Asia-Pacific region and establishes long-working relationships and regional stability.

For related news, visit the Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/ctf76/.

 
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Cpl. John Badon, a U.S. Marine attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completes a reverse lay-up during an exhibition basketball game.
061116-M-4217A-001 Zhanjiang, People's Republic of China (Nov. 16, 2006) - Cpl. John Badon, a U.S. Marine attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completes a reverse lay-up during an exhibition basketball game. The game was part of several sporting activities that matched up U.S service, against service members of China's People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA (N). The friendly sports games took place in conjunction with a three-day port visit and follow-on combined search-and-rescue exercises. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin
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