First it was Coca-Cola. Now Carrefour, too, has been hit. The video on the right shows a confrontation between a (lone?) woman protestor outside Carrefour in Beijing and a PSB officer (h/t to PandaPassport). Jason Leow of the Wall Street Journal writes:
Some Chinese citizens, angry over foreign criticism of their country’s policies in Tibet, are calling for boycotts of at least two European retailers for purportedly supporting the Dalai Lama, the latest sign of growing tension between China and the West ahead of the Olympics.
Internet users in China — it is unclear how many — have been using instant-messaging services, blogs and bulletin boards to spread a call for Chinese consumers at home and abroad to boycott French supermarket operator Carrefour SA and cosmetics retailer the Body Shop, owned by L’Oréal SA.
Wang Jianshuo, in a recent blogpost, also shared how many of his and his wife’s friends and colleagues are now boycotting French brands. He explains why he thinks boycotts are a poor way to deal with problems:
I believe boycotting is an immature way to handle problems. It works only when you want to create more problems. Thinks will look like this:
* French boycott Beijing Olympics in Paris, which leads to
* Chinese boycotting French goods, which lead to
* French or European country boycotting Chinese goods, which leads to
* Even bigger boycotting in China….
The circle goes on and each round get bigger. If that happens, people in France and China are joining hands again. This time, they are working together to create a worst future for human being, or used their joined effort to break peace 🙂 So as always, I am a big believer of communication, or a “bridge”, instead of boycotting.
Although I don’t want to be to quick to judge whether it is right or wrong in this complicated world, I firmly believe, this time, that people in Paris did something wrong. Taking me as an example, they successfully turned a friend into an enemy (well, again, I am not an enemy yet. Just I feel we are not friend any longer). If this is what they want, good. Well done. I suspect I am not the single Chinese who feel this way.