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

15 May, 2018, 22:40 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • China calls democratic Taiwan one of its provinces despite nearly seven decades of separate governance. The island was omitted from Gap's latest T-shirt design

Gap quickly apologized, even though it appears the T-shirt is not for sale in China. USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

Gap said the T-shirt - omitting Taiwan, Tibet and islands in the South China Sea - had been pulled from the Chinese market and were destroyed.

USA clothing retailer Gap has apologised for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China that did not include territories claimed by China, following a burst of outrage on Chinese social media.

Gap has indeed had to make a full apology to the People's Republic of China after producing and selling a t-shirt with a map of China on it that just so happened to leave off Taiwan and a portion of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh that China claims as 'Southern Tibet'.

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

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Gap is not the first global brand to bruise China's long fingers and tender toes, but it has apologized just the same. "China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted", the statement said.

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In the past, Delta and clothing retailer Zara also found themselves in similar situations for treating China and Taiwan as separate countries. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

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

Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday it was asking Air Canada for a "speedy correction" following the airline's decision to list Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of China on its booking website. Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.

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