Commentary: Namyit Island or Đảo Nam Yết is an island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. With an area of 5.3 hectares, it is the twelfth largest Spratly island and the fifth largest among Vietnamese-occupied Spratly islands. It is covered with small trees, bushes and grass. Has a fringing reef and is inhabited by sea birds.
As all claimant countries (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Phillippines, Malaysia, and Brunei) have tried to set up military stations and populate those tiny islands or rocks in order to reaffirm their sovereignty. Spratly islands have a new life of its own with the adversary occupants living very close from each other.
Located to the north of the Truong Sa (Spratly) island district (Khanh Hoa province), Nam Yet Island is the home to papaya and coconut, which are planted by soldiers.
Looking from above, Nam Yet Island looks like a dan day (traditional musical instrument), which is covered by the green color.
A new, day begins on the island.
Young soldiers proudly guard the country’s sea day and night.
Each year, the sand bar around the island gets wider.
The vegetable garden on the island is always green, despite the rain and the winds.
Green beans are incubated under sand and watered periodically. After three days, soldiers have delicious fresh bean sprouts.
Soldiers play sports on the afternoon.
Sunset gradually let go on Nam Yet Island.
Song Tu Tay Island, part of the Spratly Islands.