On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled in favor of the Philippines in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea.
While Filipinos all over the world were ecstatic with the victory, Chinese nationals were devastated with the loss.
Through China’s social media platform, Weibo, Chinese netizens reportedly urged for a boycott of Philippine products, specifically the iconic mango, which is loved in almost every part of the world.
A report of BBC said aside from slogans such as “If you want to eat mango, buy Thailand’s” and “Starve the Filipinos to death” memes, the topics #SouthChinaSeaResult and #ChinaDoesn’tCareAboutYou have been among the top trending topics on the microblogging site since the ruling
Meanwhile, the first major international gathering since the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines, will be held in Mongolia on Friday. The Europe-Asia Summit which will be attended by more than 100 Asian and European countries is expected to discuss the issues on West Philippine Sea, and China is expected to have its pocket full of medicines.
Australia, Japan, and New Zealand promised to buy all Philippine mangos for five years if China decided to boycott the sweet fruit from the Philippines.
“It’s a win for the Philippines again and another big blow to Beijing if the latter decide to reject the Philippine mango. Australia and Japan are big markets for this fruit, and New Zealand is interested in ordering more than 50 metric tons in the next 9 months”, Filipino businessman Rodolfo Ramos told BBC on Friday.
China has strongly refused to accept the decision of the international court regarding the South China Sea dispute, saying that the decision was illogical and simply null and void. /Eric Santamaria/
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