Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN tribunal South China Sea decision

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in iPhone edited July 2016
Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN body decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.




Videos circulating on social media depict protesters wearing patriotic apparel and smashing iPhones in protest. China's ruling Communist Party spoke through the People's Daily newspaper and demanded "rational patriotism" in response to the protests, which appear to be mostly undertaken by college-aged citizens.

"This is not the right way to express patriotism," the state-run Xinhua news agency wrote on Wednesday. The?slightly more independent China Daily called the device smashing "jingoism that does a disservice to the spirit of devotion to the nation."

People in China are smashing iPhones and mobbing KFC in 'patriotism'. https://t.co/5g5H7WXGuo pic.twitter.com/jch74unitk

-- Victoria Ho (@vickiho)


"The Chinese public, as optimistic and positive as they are, are deeply patriotic and nationalistic, especially people who are younger," said James Roy of the research firm China Market Research Group. Apple is one of the brands that is "just very closely associated with the United States, and you are seeing people picking the closest symbol they can think of to demonstrate against," according to Roy.

A counter-movement has also started. Some individuals are posting photos on the same social media outlets with their iPhones, or a bucket of chicken from KFC, with one individual addressing "patriotic hooligans" suggesting they would "take out" anyone harassing them.

Apple has had significant problems in China, despite relying on the country to boost sales. Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology.

Additionally, under new Chinese regulations, Apple will have to track the identities of App Store users while flagging anything that might violate the country's censorship laws. Developers must be verified, and apps will have to be screened by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television prior to publication. The simplified approval process is said to take up to 20 days, and much longer in other instances.

The UN case riling protesters involves a dispute with the Philippines over a series of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. A ruling last week by a UN tribunal?found that despite massive resource gathering in the area, the Chinese government has no legitimate claim over the contested islands, or for a wider area of the South China Sea.

The Philippines have refused further negotiations outside of the Hague's ruling, setting the stage for further protests.
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  • Reply 1 of 66
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,743member
    "destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods"

    For which they'd apparently sell their souls to acquire. 

    The hilarity is real. 
    baconstangcalijony0netmageSpamSandwichDeelronjbdragonjahblade[Deleted User]
  • Reply 2 of 66
    dirkerdirker Posts: 1member
    It does make me laugh. Designed in America by a Brit and built in China. Not really that American!
    edited July 2016 mwhitelostkiwijony0clemynx[Deleted User]
  • Reply 3 of 66
    Do those retards know that they have basically waisted money?
    bdkennedy1002mwhitelostkiwinetmagejbdragon
  • Reply 4 of 66
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,888member
    Every country has their Trump types. 

    Next thing you know, they'll be building a giant wall...  ;)
    mknelsonlondordamonfh2pbaconstanglostkiwidacharjony0brakkenDeelron
  • Reply 5 of 66
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    blastdoor said:
    Every country has their Trump types. 

    Every country also has their Quisling types too, and there's plenty of those around, starting at the top and going down.
    jbdragon
  • Reply 6 of 66
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    As for the destruction of iPhones, I see no issues with that.

    If somebody wishes to destroy their own property, then go right ahead! It's not illegal to be a dumbass! As long as it's their own property that they're destroying, then go for it!

    I've been saying this for a long time, but Apple should not rely so much on China. It's a very bad position to be in, to rely on such a country.
    rpetersh2pbaconstangjony0bonobobnetmageDeelronjbdragon
  • Reply 7 of 66
    igorskyigorsky Posts: 422member
    I'm going to throw hundreds of dollars down the drain to support my communist government's nonsensical claim over all of the South China Sea!
    edited July 2016 h2pbaconstanglostkiwinolamacguyjony0bonobobnetmageDeelronjbdragon
  • Reply 8 of 66
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 323member
    (slow clapping) Bravo!  What? No baseballs or apple pies?
    jbdragon
  • Reply 9 of 66
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,888member
    apple ][ said:
    blastdoor said:
    Every country has their Trump types. 

    Every country also has their Quisling types too, and there's plenty of those around, starting at the top and going down.
    Every country is occupied by an enemy force??
    ai46brakken
  • Reply 10 of 66
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    blastdoor said:
    apple ][ said:
    Every country also has their Quisling types too, and there's plenty of those around, starting at the top and going down.
    Every country is occupied by an enemy force??
    Every country, including ours, certainly has their own traitorous types.


    h2pjbdragon
  • Reply 11 of 66
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,888member
    apple ][ said:
    blastdoor said:
    Every country is occupied by an enemy force??
    Every country, including ours, certainly has their own traitorous types.


    Everybody is the hero in their own story. Some people are just wrong and/or they have the misfortune of being on a losing side. I suppose it is true that every country has such people. 

    Every country also has people who histrionically label everyone who disagrees with them as a "traitor", though, too. People who do that risk spending their lives in a state of lonely, frightened, bitterness. Sad. 
    baconstangai46lostkiwinolamacguytmayroundaboutnowsingularityjahblade
  • Reply 12 of 66
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    AppleInsider said:
    Videos circulating on social media depict protesters wearing patriotic apparel and smashing iPhones in protest.
    Destroying the work of their comrades in the process.
    Isn't that counter-revolutionary, and therefore an act of treason against The People?
    h2pcaliDeelron
  • Reply 13 of 66
    damonfdamonf Posts: 217member
    igorsky said:
    I'm going to throw hundreds of dollars down the drain to support my communist government's nonsensical claim over all of the South China Sea!

    They could dump the destroyed iPhones into the sea to start another illegal island....
    h2pmwhitetmaybonobobDeelron
  • Reply 14 of 66
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Why don't they try some self-mutilation? 

    That'll teach whoever they're mad at a good lesson! That'll show 'em! :#
    h2pnetmage
  • Reply 15 of 66
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,622member
    Look at the bright side. Just more potential replacement sales when this blows over. They’ll probably use the money they were paid to protest to buy new iPhones.
    mwhitebaconstanglostkiwilinkmannetmageDeelron
  • Reply 16 of 66
    igorsky said:
    I'm going to throw hundreds of dollars down the drain to support my communist government's nonsensical claim over all of the South China Sea!
    There is nothing "communist" about china. Its just capitalism with heavy handed government control.
    h2pbaconstanglostkiwinolamacguynetmageDeelron
  • Reply 17 of 66
    RezRez Posts: 19member
    It is fake iphone they are destroying....he real one are still in thier pockets 
    h2pteejay2012quadra 610caliDeelroncpsrojahblade
  • Reply 18 of 66
    boeyc15boeyc15 Posts: 986member

    Its certainly a weird position that the USA --- on one hand want the open seas etc and 'quietly' support Philippines, Vietnam etc;  on the other hand, USA has not signed the treaty that these countries are using as their claim for territory in the international court!

    Tribalism... it will be (one of) the un-doing of humanity.

    baconstangai46calitokyojimu
  • Reply 19 of 66
    massconn72massconn72 Posts: 162member
    What a bunch of fools they are. Apple doesn't care what you do with your phone after they sell it to you. Now you have to go buy another one and Apple sits back and laughs all the way to the bank.
    netmage
  • Reply 20 of 66
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 533member
    I hope, and imagine they are, slowly moving to set up assembly outside of totalitarian PRC.
    Wasn't there some rumor about opening a Foxcon facility in India?
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