Date
28 March 2017
The protesters have not spared a copycat Apple store. They want people to "kick the iPhone out of China". Photo: ifeng.com
The protesters have not spared a copycat Apple store. They want people to "kick the iPhone out of China". Photo: ifeng.com

Mainland protesters pick wrong target in anti-US backlash

Anti-US protests have erupted in several cities in the Chinese mainland, a week after an international tribunal ruled against China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The protests target US companies, with protesters calling for a boycott of their products and services, mainland news website ifeng.com reports.

They are blaming Washington for emboldening rival claimants with its rhetoric against Beijing.

Even copycat Apple Inc. stores are not being spared.

A group of protesters surrounded one such outlet in Suining county in Jiangsu province, telling people to “kick iPhone out of China”.

The owner of an unofficial Apple Store, surnamed Zhu, described “tense moments” when more than 3,000 people surrounded the store.

He said the protesters first gathered outside a KFC restaurant.

They chanted “I love China” slogans and stopped people stepping out of the restaurant to explain the reason for the protest and why they should boycott US goods.

Some netizens started a discussion thread after noticing the angry crowds had picked the wrong target.

Other major US brands in the protesters’ crosshairs are Nike and Pizza Hut.

The protests followed a July 12 ruling by the The Hague arbitration panel that China has no historic right to most of the disputed waters in the South China Sea which it claims, handing the Philippines, which brought the case, a landmark victory.  

Translation by Chloe Chow

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