Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Gap Apologizes After China Shirt Has A Geographical Mistake

Gap Apologizes After China Shirt Has A Geographical Mistake

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

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

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.

Gap is the latest of several companies that have apologized for perceived slights to China's sovereignty. It also added that it would implement more rigorous reviews to ensure the same thing would not happen again.

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.

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.

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"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", the White House said in a statement.

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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. It was unclear if the shirts in all of Gap's markets worldwide would also be destroyed.

Gap has apologized to China after an image of a t-shirt on sale in Canada went viral.

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. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

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