Philippine military says China seized supplies for outpost in South China Sea

The Philippine military says food that was airdropped for its personnel stationed at an outpost in the South China Sea was seized by Chinese boats.

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Romeo Brawner, told reporters in Manila on Tuesday that a Philippine military aircraft dropped food on an outpost in the Second Thomas Shoal on May 19.

The shoal is claimed by both the Philippines and China.

Video released by the Philippine military purportedly of the incident shows two Filipino rubber boats and two Chinese speedboats racing to retrieve the items.

Brawner criticized the Chinese action as a provocation, and called the seizure of part of the goods illegal.

China has repeatedly been obstructing what it claims are efforts by the Philippines to bring construction material into the shoal to make the outpost permanent.

In March, crew members on Philippine transport ships were injured by water cannons used by the China coast guard.

This prompted the Philippine military to find alternative ways to deliver supplies.

The military says this is the first time its supplies were taken by the Chinese side in the South China Sea.