Gap Apologizes for Selling T-shirt with 'Incorrect' Map of China

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

"Gap Inc respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China", the statement reads. Specifically, Taiwan, "Southern Tibet", and the South China Sea were omitted from the map. It also added that it would implement more rigorous reviews to ensure the same thing would not happen again.

The photos were taken at a Gap shop in Canada's Niagara region, Global Times said.

USA clothing retailer Gap has apologised 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.

In a post on China's Weibo microblogging platform, the company said it discovered that some T-shirts it sold overseas "had an erroneous design of China's map".

The company said it strictly abides by Chinese law and will devote itself to greater scrutiny to avoid similar errors in the future.

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

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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.

Other than Marriott, the Chinese websites of US-based medical supplies company Medtronic and Spanish fashion brand Zara were found to have listed Taiwan as a "country" or as "Republic of China" and were ordered by the government to make corrections and apologise, state media Xinhua Agency has reported.

The White House in early May called Chinese demands, that over 30 worldwide 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. However, the island has been governed separately since 1949 and maintains formal diplomatic relations with a handful of countries.

China then issued new passports in 2012 that carried a map laying claim to several disputed islands and territories, infuriating countries across Asia.

The spokesman said the foreign ministry is watching the situation and has called on Air Canada to change the designation back to simply "Taiwan".

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