Gap apologises to China for 'incorrect' map on T-shirt

GAP 'extremely sorry' for China map T-shirt which omits Taiwan and the South China Sea

The company apologized for the error and reaffirmed its adherence to Chinese rules and laws.

As recently as last week, the airline's website entries for Taiwan did not mention China, according to checks made by Reuters, and it was not clear when the change was made. So were other territories that have been subject to global dispute, including areas in the South China Sea and apparently an Indian-administered region of the Himalayas that China claims as "South Tibet".

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

The clothing brand, based in the US, is the most recent worldwide business to be in trouble with the government of China over that country's territorial issues.

I guess this is the risk you run when China is a country that's dogmatic in claiming its sovereignty over disputed territorial claims and you're a clothing company that makes those cheap shirts for dads that have writing on them that really doesn't actually mean anything.

US clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

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In a tweet, People's Daily showed the offending T-shirt alongside what it considers to be the correct map. "China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

The Trump administration has pushed back on Beijing's efforts as a bid to "impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens". In the South China Sea, China is engaged in a number of disputes over islands, coral reefs, and lagoons in what is a major commercial thoroughfare that is potentially rich in resources.

As the New York Times points out, companies like Delta Air Lines, Marriott, and Zara have also been called out for failing to recognized Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as sovereign to China, instead referring to them as separate countries.

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.

"The reason some Chinese netizens believe that it was intentional is because all of the other T-shirts in the "City T-Shirt in Jersey" range: San Francisco, Paris, Japan, and Canada are decorated with national flags rather than a fake map", the paper added.

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