Gap apologises for 'incorrect' Chinese map on T-shirts

Gap T Shirt with map of China

Retailer Gap apologises for T-shirts with 'incorrect' map of China

USA retail giant, Gap has issued an apology after selling a T-shirt displaying the wrong map of China after the design omitted Chinese-claimed territories including islands in the South China Sea, Taiwan and south Tibet.

Gap, in a statement posted on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, admitted that a Gap brand T-shirt sold in some overseas markets "mistakenly failed to reflect the correct map of China".

The Global Times newspaper said that "hundreds of Weibo users (were) protesting the company's act of disrespect to China's territorial sovereignty". It also apologised for "this unintentional mistake and is now conducting internal investigations to quickly rectify this mistake".

USA hotel chain Marriott, Spanish clothing giant Zara and a slew of airlines have faced China's wrath for not classifying Taiwan as part of China on their websites.

The company promised to carry out "more rigourous reviews" to prevent similar incidents and said it respected China's "sovereignty and territorial integrity" and strictly followed the country's laws and rules.

I can't imagine that, as a graphic designer for USA clothing giant Gap, you would have ever anticipated that part of your job would require officially apologising to the nation of China thanks to an worldwide upset you caused with one of your shitty shirt designs.

"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.

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"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province awaiting reunification, has taken airlines, hotels and other companies to task in recent months for listing the island as a separate country on their websites.

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

Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

Gap Inc has apologised for selling a shirt with an incorrect map of China after photos of the shirt found in an outlet store in Canada made the rounds online.

Air Canada did not say whether it had received the letter from China.

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