Unlike in 2013 when Manila took Beijing to the international court for arbitration, the Philippine Navy on Monday took the China People's Liberation Army Navy to a different, more relaxed court--the basketball court.
The game happened a day after Chinese warships docked in President Rodrigo Duterte's home province, Davao.
In video reports by ABS-CBN News' Chiara Zambrano, the Philippine team led the Chinese team by 4 points at halftime. In the end, the Philippine team emerged victorious.
To show sportsmanship, both teams posed for photos doing Duterte's signature fist pose.
Apart from a game of basketball, the two teams also had a showdown on who's the stronger force--at least in a game of tug-of-war.
The Philippine Navy came out as the victors again in this round.
The Chinese Navy's ships will reportedly engage in goodwill games with the Philippines in its first-ever visit to the country, which fell a day after a summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Manila concluded.
President Duterte is expected to visit the ships, which include a Chinese frigate, a guided missile destroyer, and a replenishment ship.
Duterte's administration has sought warmer ties with China and mend relations which had been damaged after his predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, lodged a case against the Asian economic giant in 2013.
The countries were embroiled in controversy along with other Southeast Asian nations for overlapping claims in territories in the South China Sea.
Aquino raised the issue to the international tribunal after a tense standoff between Chinese coast guard ships and a Philippine naval vessel in the Scarborough Shoal.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 ruled in favor of the Philippines and devoided China's historical claim over the disputed area.