Retailer Gap apologises for T-shirts with 'incorrect' map of China

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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.

The company said they would be undertaking "rigorous reviews" to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

In a statement the company said, "Gap Inc. respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China".

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Specifically, Taiwan, "Southern Tibet", and the South China Sea were omitted from the map.

Gap said the T-shirt - omitting Taiwan, Tibet and islands in the South China Sea - had been pulled from the Chinese market and were destroyed.

United States clothes giant GAP said it was "extremely sorry" for selling a T-shirt with an "incomplete" map of China, after it was accused of being disrespectful to the country's territorial sovereignty. As stated by the user, the photograph of the T-shirt was taken at an outlet store in Canada.

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

The clothing brand, based in the USA, is the most recent worldwide business to be in trouble with the government of China over that country's territorial issues.

The printed map did not include Taiwan, a self-ruled island considered Chinese territory by Beijing, the capital. Vietnam, the Philippines, India and Taiwan all protested against the move. "ORCRP006320-topic.html" class="local_link" >Gap is the latest company to apologize to China for failing to reflect Beijing's territorial claims - on a map shown on a T-shirt for sale in North America.

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United States airline Delta (DAL) and European clothing retailer Zara also came under fire over similar issues on their websites in China. "ORCRP009473-topic.html" class="local_link" >Marriott International apologized profusely to China after sending a letter to rewards club members that listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as options on a question asking customers their countries of residence.

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