“Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea,” Mike Wuerthele reports for AppleInsider.

“Videos circulating on social media depict protesters wearing patriotic apparel and smashing iPhones in protest,” Wuerthele reports. “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.”

“‘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,” Wuerthele reports. “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.”

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“State media have fanned public anger with a torrent of criticism of last week’s ruling by a U.N. tribunal, which found no legal basis for Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea,” Joe McDonald reports for The Associated Press.

“An Apple spokeswoman responded to a request for comment by pointing to CEO Tim Cook’s positive comments in April about the company’s future in China,” McDonald reports. “Cook said Apple was ‘really optimistic’ and planned to open five more stores in China during the current quarter for a total of 40.

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