iPhone 7 Banned
Several companies in China are banning its employees from buying Apple’s iPhone 7, which is due to come out later this year.

The latest firm to join the bandwagon is Bina Technology, a firm based in Zhejiang Province. Bina made the decision in protest against 12 July Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling on the West Philippine Sea, which found that China had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights.

Many Chinese nationalists believe that the court judgment was strongly influenced by the U.S.

Since Apple, the manufacturer of the iPhone, is a wholly American-owned multinational technology company, Bina decided to enforced its smartphone ban as an expression of its nationalism.

The firm will compensate each member of staff up to 2,500 yuan (US$ 374) if they replace their iPhone 6 with a different brand of smartphone. The company added that it would pay a bonus of 1,500 yuan (US$ 225) if they replaced their iPhone 5 and 1,000 yuan (US$ 150) to employees who replaced their iPhone 4.

So far, 13 members of staff have expressed interest in changing their mobile phone. Zhang Yunlong, the general manager of Bina Technology, said that the ban was an act of "patriotism."

Last week, photos of smashed iPhones went viral on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site with more than 505 million users, as many Chinese citizens decided to boycott American goods.

Chinese nationalist are also encouraging their countrymen not to eat in popular American fast-food chains, such as KFC. They also organized protest in Hebei in Jiangsu province, where they held banners reading: "Eating American KFC is a loss of face for our ­ancestors."

On Taubo, a Chinese online shopping website, many have stopped purchasing mangoes originating from the Philippines as a further expression of anger at the court decision.

The Tribunal ruled that China’s nine-dash line claim and accompanying claims to historic rights have no validity under international law; that no feature in the Spratly Islands, including Taiwan-occupied Itu Aba (or Taiping Island), is an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and that the behavior of Chinese ships physically obstructing Philippine vessels is unlawful.

Perhaps the most significant finding–and the one most likely to disturb China–is the Tribunal’s award that China’s nine-dash line and claim to historic rights in the South China Sea are both invalid under international law. Notably:

"the Tribunal concluded that, to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the South China Sea, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention."
The Chinese government called the ruling on the West Philippine Sea a "political farce."


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