Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Oops; Gap apologizes for T-shirt's wrong China map

Oops; Gap apologizes for T-shirt's wrong China map

The move followed after a netizen had posted pictures of the shirt on Chinese social media platform Weibo, which saw Chinese territories such as south Tibet, Taiwan and the South China Sea being omitted from the map.

Beijing considers Taiwan, which is self-governed, an integral part of China and becomes highly upset when anything to the contrary is suggested.

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. It also failed to show what China calls "Southern Tibet" - a huge swathe of territory it claims in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh - and failed to draw a line around China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. US clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

In a statement the company said, "Gap Inc. respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. The related products were pulled off the shelves in the Chinese market and destroyed earlier".

The company said it strictly abides by Chinese law and will devote itself to greater scrutiny to avoid similar errors in the future.

The Global Times newspaper said that "hundreds of Weibo users (were) protesting the company's act of disrespect to China's territorial sovereignty".

"We have noticed this (Gap) statement and we will pay close attention to it", Lu said.

Gap quickly apologized, even though it appears the T-shirt is not for sale in China. In January, websites as well as apps for Marriott were blocked for more than week after the hospitality company listed Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as individual countries in both emails as well as apps.

Most recently, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration ordered a number of air carriers, including USA airlines, to identify Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese regions on their websites.

Taiwan has been self-ruled since splitting from the mainland after a 1949 civil war, maintaining its own government, military and independent foreign policy.

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