“Apple Inc. found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm’s biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats,” Reuters reports.

“A handful of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged each other to destroy their Apple goods, in a rare instance of the tech firm being targeted as a symbol of perceived injustice following an international ruling against Chinese territorial claims,” Reuters reports. “Though the protest was small, observers have expressed concern about the impact on Apple in the long term, citing the roughly year-long slump in sales of Japanese cars after a diplomatic dispute that prompted large protests and boycotts.”

“Apple was targeted in the latest protest by virtue of its country of origin, which in turn was regarded as the root of a perceived affront. Earlier this month, The Hague said it found no legal basis for China’s claim to most of the South China Sea, prompting local media to call the Court a ‘puppet’ of external forces, and accuse the United States of turning the Philippines – which filed the case – against China,” Reuters reports. “About a week later, on Tuesday, over 100 protesters picketed four unofficial Apple dealers in Suining in the eastern province of Jiangsu for about three hours, urging customers not to buy the genuine Apple goods on sale. ‘They chanted, ‘boycott American products and kick iPhones out of China,” store owner Zhu Yawei told Reuters. ‘But nothing really happened: no fights, no smashing.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: “We’re so angry that Apple has done more to raise the standard of living, wages, and workers rights in China than pretty much anybody! Oh, by the way, we own the moon, too!”

Chinese nationalists smashing Apple iPhones over UN’s South China Sea decision – July 20, 2016