American clothing brand Gap 'terribly sorry' over China map shirt omitting Taiwan

Gap sorry for selling T-shirt with 'incorrect' map of China

Gap sorry for selling T-shirt with 'incorrect' map of China

The offending T-shirt showed a map of China without including Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing says is an integral part of the country.

In its Weibo apology, Gap Inc said that it respects China's sovereignty and territory and confirmed that a t-shirt sold in overseas markets had contained an incorrect version of a map of China.

The map also appeared to leave out southern Tibet and the disputed South China Sea, the state-owned Global Times said, adding that it drew hundreds of complaints online.

The user said the photo of the T-shirt was taken at an outlet store in Canada.

Gap is the latest of several companies that have apologized for perceived slights to China's sovereignty. USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China. The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read.

China has been ramping-up efforts to police language used to describe Chinese-claimed territories such as Taiwan.

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The company said they would be undertaking "rigorous reviews" to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

Gap is not the first global brand to bruise China's long fingers and tender toes, but it has apologized just the same. "ORCRP009473-topic.html" class="local_link" >Marriott International apologized profusely to China after sending a letter to rewards club members that listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as options on a question asking customers their countries of residence.

Other US companies which have issued apologies for similar incidents include Delta Air Lines and Marriott International Inc.

The White House in early May called Chinese demands, that over 30 worldwide airlines including a few in the US, remove from their websites any data that might suggest that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were not part of China, as being Orwellian nonsense.

"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", the White House said in a statement.

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