Gap Apologizes for Selling T-shirt with 'Incorrect' Map of China

Gap apologized and pulled the T-shirt after criticism from China

Gap Apologizes for Selling T-shirt with 'Incorrect' Map of China

According to the Global Times, a mouthpiece of the Communist Party, a photo posted on Chinese social media and taken at a store in Canada showed that self-governed Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade province, was omitted from the map on the T-shirts.

Gap said the T-shirt - omitting Taiwan, Tibet and islands in the South China Sea - had been pulled from the Chinese market and were destroyed. It also added that it would implement more rigorous reviews to ensure the same thing would not happen again.

The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with what it says is an incorrect map of China that didn't include self-ruled Taiwan, in the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing.

"We sincerely thank our consumers, the media, employees and government regulatory agencies, as well as relevant parties for their concern and support".

The US company issued its apology on Weibo late Monday, saying it "respects the integrity of China's sovereignty and territory".

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Marriott and Gap aren't alone in causing offence to China, Delta Air Lines recently issued a public apology for what it described as a "grave mistake" after listing Taiwan and Tibet as independent countries on its website.

Delta Air Lines based in the US and Zara the European based clothing retailer were on the hot seat as well over issues of a similar nature on their e-commerce sites in China.

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

Aside from Taiwan, Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 to bring the region under Beijing's control.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement it was "deeply concerned" about Air Canada's move to refer to Taiwan as part of China on the booking website.

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