Does smashing your iPhone equal loving your country?

With the issue of the South China Sea arbitration making headlines, some angry Chinese netizens posted pictures and videos online of them smashing their iPhones to show their patriotism.

The “smash” then went viral on social media, evolving into an appeal to boycott goods made by foreign countries, including the U.S., Japan and South Korea.

A simple fact is, no one can live in a country completely free from foreign influences in a time of globalization and integration. The smashers, and their phones, are not excepted from this.

Take the smartphone for example. Even if you smash your iPhone and choose a Chinese brand smartphone, you will probably still be using processors, display screens and operating systems from foreign companies. Most of the smartphone makers in China are still reliant on products made by Qualcomm, Samsung and Google.

Let’s look at the victim of the “smash”, the iPhone. Apple has been enjoying good sales of its iPhones worldwide. Although the iPhone smartphone sales saw the first year-on-year drop in Q4 2015, Apple still managed to sell 51.2 million iPhones, and ranked second among the world’s top five smartphone vendors in Q1 2016, according to a report by American market research firm IDC.

How about the “smashers”, those who support the boycott? Some of them may actually have embarrassed themselves.

Filled with righteous fury, they posted patriotic words and pictures in their Weibo, calling others to reject foreign products. But the Weibo posts inadvertently revealed that the “smashers” were posting with their Apple or Samsung smartphones. Evidence can be seen below. Here is a taste of their comments:

Screenshot from Weibo.
Screenshot from Weibo.

I decide not to buy! Even the drinks are from American and Japanese! No American or Japanese goods!

–Gengxiang up

Do this if you are Chinese. Everyone is responsible. Foreign countries will use your money to fight your country, idiots!


Chinese have been enjoying buying foreign goods and traveling in foreign countries. It is the Chinese who have been feeding the foreign devil. Starve them to death by refusing their goods from now on.


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AllTechAsia Staff

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1 Comment
  1. So what ? No problem at all.

    Next time China can make it much more difficult for companies from the above countries to market their products other than the necessary ones (processors, high-tech parts) in China.

    How if China ban america’s agriculture product? 🙂

    What about banning korean drama? 🙂

    Do the companies from above countries not need China’s manufacturing capacity? China still and will have advantages compared to other low-cost countries when it comes to manufacturing beyond cheap labor.

    The world is not owned by the above countries and there will always be other countries that also grow their economies and China can reduce her dependence on the above countries as much as possible.

    India’s GDP growth is overhyped and that country is still and will face tons of problems in the future.

    Let’s see who will be begging more for the access to China’s market in the future 🙂

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