NEW YORK — Dozens of Filipinos and Vietnamese Americans joined forces as they called for a boycott of Chinese products and asked Beijing to stop its creeping aggression toward countries around the South China Sea.
“Boycott Made-in-China goods,” said Eric Lachica of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, which organized the rally held on June 22 in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York.
China’s claims over the West Philippines’ Sea in the Panatag Shoal (or Scarborough) and over the Vietnam’s Sea are a recurring dispute. Both countries maintain China has been violating international laws of the sea.
Dr. Hoi Van Do, president of the Vietnamese community in Florida, said his country and the Philippines are on the same side of the issue.
“Communist China dominates and takes over our islands and Scarborough Shoal of the Philippines,” he told The FilAm. “We are against them and we support you against them.”
Filipinos and Vietnamese leaders are slated to meet with the CEOs of major retailers like Wal-Mart, Costco, K-mart, Home Depot and others to urge them to stop selling Chinese-made products.
They said they would warn retail chains about communist China’s “imperialistic policies and undemocratic rule and widespread human and labor rights violations.”
Doctor Do and other rally organizers, including Rene Ballenas and Bambi Lorica, pledged they were even willing to stay away from Chinese restaurants.
“We are global citizens scattered throughout the world who can mobilize and galvanize public opinion against China,” rally speaker Joe Ramos said. “China’s export economy is very vulnerable.”
Lachica said the Boycott-China campaign will “change history,” harnessing the support of millions of Asian Americans. He said People Power in America could start with the 1.5 million Vietnamese in the U.S. and the approximately four million Filipino Americans.
“If only one million of us, Filipinos, out of the four million will not buy Chinese products or goods just once a month, we will create a huge financial penalty on China. China will lose almost a quarter of a billion dollars per year,” Lachica said. (The FilAm)