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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it has launched fresh protests against China over its “unlawful issuance” of radio warnings on Philippine authorities patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

“The DFA protested the unlawful issuance of over 200 radio challenges, sounding of sirens, and blowing of horns by Chinese government vessels against Philippine authorities conducting legitimate, customary, and routine patrols over and around the Philippines’ territory and maritime zones,” the agency said in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

“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,” it added.

The DFA said the latest protest was lodged on 30 September and covers similar incident which transpired between the Philippines and Chinese coast guards in August.

This increases the total notes verbale filed by the Philippines against China since 2016 to 211 — with 153 were filed in 2021 alone.

Manila has repeatedly raised its 2016 victory at the Hague ruling in defending its claim in the WPS but Beijing claimed it as “null and void”.

 

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