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How China’s Social Media Has Responded To South China Sea Ruling

Han Jing

The Chinese government said on Tuesday it neither accepts nor recognizes the ruling of an arbitral tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the request of the Philippines.

China’s social media has been exploded with varied responses to the issue.

Quite a lot of Chinese celebrities including well-known pianist Lang Lang, actresses Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen, singer Victoria Song and actors Huang Xiaoming, Hu Ge voiced their support for territorial integrity on their social media accounts.

They all reposted a map of China with a phrase reading "China: Not even a bit can be left behind" on their Weibo or Instagram accounts.

Lang Lang

Fan Bingbing

Yao Chen

Victoria Song

Huang Xiaoming

Hu Ge

Chinese web users also tried to make their feelings known through other memes and pictures.

A post repeating the government's official line of "won't accept, won't participate, won't recognize" regarding the tribunal has been shared more than 400,000 times on microblogging site Weibo.

Another trend was pictures of Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy who is synonymous with peace and compassion. The words in this picture read: "I heard someone wants to take the South China Sea from me?"

And someone posts a cartoon like this


Obviously the dragon represents China, while the three ocean creatures are the Philippines, Japan and the US.

Chinese netizens also used social media to call for a boycott of the Philippine fruit. Slogans like "If you want to eat mango, buy Thailand's" and "Starve the Filipinos to death" have been widely circulated on Weibo.

Even some dried mango vendors on Taobao, China's largest e-shopping platform, pledged to boycott the Filipino snack.

Some web users collected pictures containing boycott information from Taobao and launched the hashtag #ThisIsReallyChineseStyleDriedMango on Weibo.

They said there are no foodies when talking about state affairs and threatened the Philippines might become a province of China if they dare to announce their sovereignty of the South China Sea.

Here are some of the examples:

“Buy this if you support the Philippines, I will track your address and let’s see what will happen.”

“This dried mango from the Philippines will be disposed of and not for sold anymore. Patriotism without reason. ”


“Domestic dried mango for sale only. Starve the Filipinos to death. Safeguard the South China Sea. Free delivery for patriotic snacks.”

“Welcome the oversight. The shop owner is dedicated to support China at any cost. Anyone will be wiped out if they dare to offend Chinese people.”

“A peaceful world is my wish.”


“The authentic dried mango from China’s Filipino province.”


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