China: Smashed iPhones latest in South China Sea spat

China: Smashed iPhones latest in South China Sea spat


July 20, 2016 – Chinese state media called for “rational patriotism” Wednesday amid anti-U.S. protests in recent days after an international tribunal ruled against Beijing over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Chinese nationalists have protested at KFC outlets and called for boycotts of the fast-food chain, while photos and video circulating online and on social media show people wearing scarves and banners with patriotic slogans smashing Apple iPhones in protest.

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A Iphone in china cost about $200, or 1335.32 Chinese Yuan
According to China Labour Bulletin the average chinese monthly income is 1,600 yuan or US$239.

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The case against China was brought by the Philippines, a U.S. ally, but the public anger has been fueled in part by Chinese government accusations that Washington encouraged Manila to oppose Beijing’s claims to the vast tracts of ocean.

Last week’s ruling by the United Nations tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, found there was no legal basis for Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea. Despite overlapping claims, Beijing has been undertaking vast infrastructure projects in the area to secure natural resources and control strategic shipping lanes.

China’s leadership tried to tamp down this week’s protests with demands in state media to leave foreign companies and their customers alone.

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“This is not the right way to express patriotism,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday. The China Daily newspaper called the protests “jingoism that does a disservice to the spirit of devotion to the nation.” The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece for China’s ruling Communist Party, urged calm and “rational patriotism.”

“The Chinese public, as optimistic and positive as they are, are deeply patriotic and nationalistic, especially people who are younger,” James Roy of the research firm China Market Research Group, told the Associated Press.

KFC and Apple “are just closely associated with the U.S., and you are seeing people (government workers) picking the closest symbol they can think of to demonstrate against,” he said.


Mary Greeley News