Yahoo! poll shows Filipinos willing to boycott China-made goods

The controversy over the so-called Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (which is also called the South China Sea) has driven calls for a boycott on Chinese-made products.

Asking our readers to answer this question, the Yahoo! Philippines online poll last month showed that about 70 percent (31,350) who voted agreed that there should be a boycott. Only 25 percent (11,225) said, "No."

Meanwhile, only 2 percent (1,027) was not sure what the issue was, and 3 percent said "they're not sure" if they understood the issue.

The call for boycott is an offshoot of the ongoing spat over the oil-rich group of islands, west of the Philippines.

Apart from China, Brueni, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam claim parts of the South China Sea.

The Palace has rejected calls to boycott China-made products last month, stressing it was not government's policy to call for such actions. A spokesperson said they would rather seek "peaceful settlement" of the issue.

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, an ally of President Benigno Aquino III, was among those who called for a boycott.

This week, Filipino officials banned a Chinese diplomat in a recent discussion over the feud on Spratlys.

For weeks, tensions over the disputed islands were at a high, as China conducted Naval drills in the area.

Both the Philippines and the United States are now pushing the Spratlys issue in the the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Bali, Indonesia this month.

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