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


The company also said it "sincerely apologised for this unintentional error". The shirt sparked outrage after being dubbed "incomplete" for not including South Tibet, the island of Taiwan, and the South China Sea, all Chinese-claimed territories.

In response, Gap said it would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent repeating the incident and that it respects China's "sovereignty".

The printed map did not include Taiwan, a self-ruled island considered Chinese territory by Beijing, the capital.

US clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

The company vowed that it "strictly abides" by the laws and regulations set by Beijing, which has for decades considered self-ruled Taiwan a renegade Chinese province.

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China has engaged in a campaign this year to force global companies to toe the line when it comes to Taiwan and its "One China" policy. "China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

Beijing has been pressuring several dozen airlines to list Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong as part of China in their informational materials - and now that Air Canada, for one, has chose to list the Taiwanese capital Taipei as part of China on its booking materials, Taiwan is requesting a "speedy correction" in turn. "China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted". 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 Gap shirt, which was sold in overseas markets, features a map of China, but Taiwan does not appear to the southeast of the country, according to a photo of the company's online store posted on the Twitter account of the official People's Daily newspaper.

Representatives of Japan Airlines 9201.T , All Nippon Airways, Australia's Qantas Airways QAN.AX and Korean Air Lines 003490.KS said recently they all received a letter from China requesting changes to their sites' references to Taiwan.

The T-shirt was part of the Gap's city T-shirt in Jersey edition, which also includes shirts featuring Canada, Japan, Paris, San Francisco, and NY.