Chinese netizens smash their iPhones to protest Hague ruling on South China Sea
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Chinese netizens smash their iPhones to protest Hague ruling on South China Sea

CHINESE media have reported that netizens are expressing their dissatisfaction with the ruling by posting photos of their smashed up iPhones and calling for a boycott of American goods, due to close ties between the U.S. and the Philippines.

Hong Kong-based BBC Chinese producer Grace Tsoi pointed out an article posted on Chinese website on.cc containing photos of what appears to be iPhones that were deliberately bent or had shattered screens.

Late last month, iPhone 6 models faced a sales ban in China but the Beijing Intellectual Property Court accepted an appeal by Apple to review the order to halt sales.

The appeal came after reports last week that a regulator in Beijing found the design of the iconic Apple product to closely resemble a phone from a Chinese competitor.

Yesterday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said China breached the Philippine’s sovereign rights by exploring resources in the South China Sea in a landmark ruling.

The tribunal issued its ruling Tuesday in The Hague in response to an arbitration case brought by the Philippines against China.

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Meanwhile, China’s ambassador to the U.S. says the international tribunal ruling that rejected its expansive claims over the South China Sea will intensify conflict and could lead to confrontation.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai also accused the Hague-based tribunal of “professional incompetence”, saying it was dealing with a sovereignty dispute, which is beyond its jurisdiction.

Cui was speaking at a Washington think tank hours after the tribunal issued its ruling Monday.

U.S. officials say the ruling will narrow the geographical scope of territorial disputes in the South China Sea and could provide an impetus for fresh diplomacy among the claimant nations.

Cui said China always supports negotiations among the concerned parties, but the ruling will undermine the possibility of diplomacy.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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