Gap apologises for incorrect China map

Ivan Schwartz
May 16, 2018

Gap made an apology for one of its shirts featuring a map of China that upset China's internet users. The map also appeared to leave out southern Tibet and the disputed South China Sea, the state-owned Global Times said, adding that it drew hundreds of complaints on China's Weibo microblogging platform.

Gap is apologizing for a T-shirt it released that featured a map of China.

The U.S. also formally acknowledges China's claim on the island, under the One China policy that established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979 - though the U.S. continues to maintain a significant unofficial relationship with Taiwan. "We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error".

"Gap Inc. respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China", Gap said on its Weibo account.

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.

The People's Daily, official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, reports that the T-shirt had been sold in Canada.

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The White House in early May called Chinese demands, that over 30 global airlines including a few in the US, remove from their websites any data that might suggest that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were not part of China, as being Orwellian nonsense.

U.S. 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.

The Trump administration has pushed back on Beijing's efforts as a bid to "impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens". Taiwan, islands in the South China Sea and south Tibet were all missing. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

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.

It is available online on the Gap Factory U.S. website, as part of the "City T-shirt in Jersey" range.

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.

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