Gap apologises for T-shirt with 'incorrect map' of China that excluded taiwan

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 took action after photos began circulating on the Chinese social media site Weibo of a T-shirt with a map that did not include Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.

"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.

"Gap Inc respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China", the statement reads.

According to the BBC, US clothing brand Gap has apologies after selling T-shirts that showed an "incorrect map" of China. "We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error", Gap said in a statement, according to China's Global Times newspaper.

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

The White House has condemned China's efforts to control how USA airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, saying the push to make them comply with Chinese standards is "Orwellian nonsense".

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous. China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted".

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Other than Marriott, the Chinese websites of US-based medical supplies company Medtronic and Spanish fashion brand Zara were found to have listed Taiwan as a "country" or as "Republic of China" and were ordered by the government to make corrections and apologise, state media Xinhua Agency has reported. Last year, German carmaker Audi was in hot water for omitting Taiwan and parts of western China on a map used at their annual meeting, while Mercedes-Benz apologized in February for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, on Instagram.

The photos were taken at a Gap shop in Canada's Niagara region, Global Times said.

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