Chinese nationalists smashing Apple iPhones over UN’s South China Sea decision

“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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MacDailyNews Take: If only human IQs were 10 points higher across the board. God’s cruel joke.


  1. The obvious irony is that the iPhone is actually MADE in China! Physically, it’s much more Chinese than American. Oh well, it’s their money… (maybe they’re insured 🙂 )

  2. Makes… no… sense. They could have bought an American flag and done all sorts of stuff to it if they don’t like America. The flag is a true representative of America. The iPhone isn’t.

    It’s like a monk setting himself on fire in protest. Like, why? Just to prove a point.

  3. Apple should move the factories to another country and see if they prefer that.

    Sorry but China is out of control and it’s time to start weaning our way off China’s imports.

  4. The most important point in this whole story is that the unfavorable decision was made at the United Nations, not by the United States. The iPhone is not owned by the United Nations. Nor was the United States exerting any pressure on the ICJ over this decision. The UN tribunal, with judges from various countries, came to their decision in a quite transparent way. The Chinese didn’t like it and decided that it was the Americans’ fault. Talk about deeply confused….

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