DFA protests radio challenges, 'provocative acts' of Chinese ships in West PH Sea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20)— The Philippines has filed a fresh diplomatic protest against China over the radio challenges and other "provocative acts" of Beijing's vessels in the country's waters, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

In a social media post, the DFA said it protested the "unlawful issuance of over 200 radio challenges, sounding of sirens, and blowing of horns by Chinese government vessels" against Philippine authorities conducting routine patrols in the West Philippine Sea.

"These provocative acts threaten the peace, good order, and security of the South China Sea and run contrary to China's obligations under international law," the DFA wrote on Twitter.

No further details were provided about the protests.

CNN Philippines has also reached out to the Chinese Embassy for comment.

The country has filed a slew of diplomatic protests against the East Asian giant over the past months, as the government continues to assert its 2016 arbitral victory in the South China Sea case.

CNN Philippines' Tristan Nodalo contributed to this report.