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

American clothing retailer Gap apologized for printing incomplete Chinese map on T-shirts for sales outside China

American clothing retailer Gap apologized for printing incomplete Chinese map on T-shirts for sales outside China

Gap has apologized to China after an image of a t-shirt on sale in Canada went viral.

U.S. fashion retailer Gap became the latest giant corporation to apologise to China for selling a T-shirt with an "incorrect" map that did not feature Taiwan and other territories it claims.

It added that the products had been pulled from the Chinese market and destroyed.

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.

Photographs of a T-shirt that the clothes brand had apparently sold in Canada were circulating on China's Internet, with many online comments saying that southern Tibet, Taiwan and the South China Sea were missing.

An apology was issued by Marriott saying that it respected and supported the sovereignty as well as territorial integrity 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.

But this isn't the first time an global company has found itself in hot water over China territorial issues.

The White House in early May called Chinese demands, that over 30 global 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.

"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", it said in a statement.

In January, China forced US-based hotel chain Marriott International to shut down and "conduct a full content inspection" of its Chinese website and mobile app after a questionnaire that listed Taiwan and Tibet as individual countries led to complaints.

Fashion brand Zara and Delta Air Lines drew Beijing's ire and apologized for listing Taiwan and/or Tibet as countries on drop-down menus on their websites. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

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