Gap apologises to China for 'incorrect' map on T-shirt

Gap 'terribly sorry' over T-shirt China map without Taiwan

US clothing retailer Gap has apologised to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting TaiwanMore

The photo of the Gap tee was snapped inside a store in Canada, and The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, tweeted a photo with the "correct" version of the map.

USA clothing retailer Gap apologised late Monday for selling T-shirts with an "incorrect" map of China, after it became the latest among foreign companies that China has taken offence with in relation to its territorial claims. "The related products were pulled off the shelves in the Chinese market and destroyed earlier". USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

"We are truly sorry about this unintentional mistake", the company said.

The US retailer store has said its apology that it would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent such things from happening again.

One user on the Chinese social network Weibo complained the retailer may have intentionally left out Taiwan and other islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea.

Gap's apology comes as China has been increasing efforts to police language used to describe Chinese-claimed territories such as Taiwan.

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.

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

China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province awaiting reunification, has taken airlines, hotels and other companies to task in recent months for listing the island as a separate country on their websites.

The government has lodged a protest against a change of its designation to "Taiwan, China" on the website of Air Canada, the country's flag carrier and largest airline, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

United States hotel chain Marriott, Spanish clothing giant Zara and a slew of airlines have faced China's wrath for not classifying Taiwan as part of China on their websites.

In January, Chinese authorities blocked Marriott's websites and apps for nearly a week after the company listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries in emails and applications.

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