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

China calls democratic Taiwan one of its provinces despite nearly seven decades of separate governance. The island was omitted from Gap's latest T-shirt design

US retailer Gap apologizes to China over map on T-shirt that omits Taiwan, South China Sea

Gap made an apology for one of its shirts featuring a map of China that upset China's internet users.

Gap has indeed had to make a full apology to the People's Republic of China after producing and selling a t-shirt with a map of China on it that just so happened to leave off Taiwan and a portion of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh that China claims as 'Southern Tibet'.

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

"We were informed the design of a Chinese map on a Gap T-shirt sold in some overseas markets was incorrect", Gap said in a statement Tuesday.

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

Gap did not say if the product would be pulled from other markets where it is being sold.

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Gap is the latest of several companies that have apologized for perceived slights to China's sovereignty.

In January, Australia's Qantas Airways changed its website classification of Taiwan and Hong Kong from separate countries to Chinese territories, blaming its earlier approach on an "oversight".

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

Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott and fashion brand Zara are among businesses that have apologized to China for referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as countries on websites or promotional material.

Beijing has pressured global businesses to make changes to their websites that are outside China, prompting a clash with the government of the U.S.

In a rare statement issued by the White House May 5, the US government slammed China's demand as "Orwellian nonsense" and said it deemed the request "Chinese political correctness".

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