Gap Has Apologized for Selling T-Shirts With 'Erroneous' Map of China

Gap has pulled the T-shirts and said it respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity

Gap has pulled the T-shirts and said it respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity

USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting Taiwan, becoming the latest foreign firm to run afoul of Beijing's policy on the self-ruling island.

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.

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

Lee also reiterated the government's stance on the matter, asking the airline not to belittle Taiwan or damage its sovereignty and dignity by bowing to pressure from China. We've learned a Gap brand T-shirt sold in some overseas markets mistakenly failed to reflect the correct map of China. That drew the ire of some Chinese Netizens after a photo of the T-shirt on sale in Niagara, Canada, was posted online. "In the future, we will work on stricter reviews to prevent similar mistakes from happening again".

The Global Times newspaper said that "hundreds of Weibo users (were) protesting the company's act of disrespect to China's territorial sovereignty". Last year, the company opened its largest China store in Shanghai.

The clothing giant said the product had been pulled from the Chinese market and destroyed.

The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration had sent a notice to 36 foreign airlines, including a number of USA carriers, on April 25, asking them to comply with Beijing's standards, according to the White House.

The name change came in the wake of letters sent by China's Civil Aviation Administration in late April, pressuring 36 American and global airlines to remove references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries on their websites and marketing materials. In Asia, it has more than 310 stores across Japan, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. The shirt could not be found on Gap websites and it wasn't clear whether it was still being sold in shops in some countries. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

The Gap's website originally listed the T-shirts as being available in Canada, Japan, Paris, China, San Francisco and NY.

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