Gap pulls shirt with incorrect map of China from stores, issues apology

Gap T Shirt with map of China

Gap T Shirt with map of China

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. A picture of the shirt, which is the only one in the "City" T-shirt line to include a map rather than a flag, gained hundreds of comments on Weibo after reportedly being spotted in Canada.

Gap is the latest in a string of foreign firms to face a backlash for not adhering to China's territorial claims. Users pointed out that a map printed on the shirt omitted territories claimed by China, including parts of southern Tibet, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

Gap has issued an apology for selling a T-shirt that depicts China without Taiwan, South Tibet, or the South China Sea.

Gap quickly apologized, even though it appears the T-shirt is not for sale in China.

In a statement Gap said it "sincerely apologised for this unintentional error".

China noted Gap's apology and "will follow carefully their actions and remarks later on", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily briefing in Beijing.

In a statement the company said, "Gap Inc. respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China".

T-shirt with map of China. Last year, the company opened its largest China store in Shanghai. It comes after the White House recently blasted China's demand that United States and other airlines change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as " Orwellian nonsense".

The White House hit back at the push earlier this month, calling the demands placed on airlines "Orwellian nonsense".

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous". The company said the product has been pulled from the Chinese market and destroyed.

Though Taiwan is in fact a sovereign, independent country, the regime in Beijing insists that Taiwan is a part of China and has in recent months been turning up the heat on an intimidation campaign to coerce Western companies and governments to conform to their vision of "one China".

In January, Marriott International apologized profusely to China after sending a letter to rewards club members that listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as options on a question asking customers their countries of residence. Mercedes-Benz also apologized in February for using a quote from the Dalai Lama in a post showcasing a sleek luxury model.

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