Black Swan: Could Chinese Anti-West Boycott Over Tibet Backfire?

London, UK - 20th April 2008, 20:42 GMT

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Ordinary Chinese are participating in a popular backlash against Western support for Tibet that has unnerved foreign governments, financial investors, trans-national corporates, and somewhat belatedly, the ruling Communist Party. Over the last week, Chinese bloggers and activists have been channelling anger over anti-China protests during the difficult Olympic torch relays into a boycott campaign against French companies, blamed for their country's support of pro-Tibetan agitators. Some have also called for a boycott against American fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC across China.

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