South China Sea Dispute: Chinese Boycott KFC, Smash Apple iPhones In Protest Against Court Ruling
Barely 10 days after the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague issued the much-awaited ruling in the South China Sea row between China and the Philippines, the Chinese have devised some ways to express displeasure toward the court’s decision.Advertisement
Chinese citizens began boycotting American-owned restaurant chain KFC and smashing iPhone products. These actuations from the Chinese people are examples of extreme patriotism,USA Today reported.
Although the case has been initiated unilaterally by the Philippines, the U.S. has been on the receiving end of protests from Chinese people. It’s a known fact that the U.S. is one of the strongest allies of the Philippines over the past decades and has been vocal in opposing China’s aggression in the region.
Videos and photos of Chinese citizens protesting outside KFC outlets are doing the rounds online days after the decision of the PCA favoring the Philippines.
U.S. Not Backing Down
After all, the vast South China Sea is one of the world’s most vital maritime zones, where at least $5 trillion worth of goods pass through each year. The U.S., for its part, stressed that it would continue to operate in the highly disputed maritime zones, especially now that the international tribunal has declared China’s self-imposed nine-dash line illegal.
John Richardson, chief of the U.S. Naval Operations, in a report from Reuters, said during his visit in China on Wednesday that the country will continue with its so-called “Freedom of Navigation” operations in the region. This, despite China’s harsh words against the U.S. saying it should stop meddling in the issue between China and the Philippines.
“The U.S. Navy will continue to conduct routine and lawful operations around the world, including in the South China Sea, in order to protect the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of th sea and airspace guaranteed to all. This will not change,” Richardson was quoted as saying by Reuters.