Gap says sorry for T-shirts with "incorrect map" of China

GAP 'extremely sorry' for China map T-shirt which omits Taiwan and the South China Sea

Last month, China's aviation authority warned worldwide carriers to amend their websites to reflect China's sovereignty claims over Taiwan, and to reflect accurately the status of Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese territories, or face severe disruptions to their operations in the world's second-busiest aviation market.

The offending T-shirt showed a map of China without including Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing says is an integral part of the country. That drew the ire of some Chinese Netizens after a photo of the T-shirt on sale in Niagara, Canada, was posted online.

Despite the apology, Business Insider found Gap's controversial T-shirt was still on sale on Monday evening.

U.S. retailer Gap has apologised for selling T-shirts which it said showed an "incorrect map" of China.

Gap is the latest in a string of foreign firms to face a backlash for not adhering to China's territorial claims.

Gap issued an apology late Monday on its Weibo account, saying it "respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China". "We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error".

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China noted Gap's apology and "will follow carefully their actions and remarks later on", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily briefing in Beijing.

T-shirt with map of China.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement earlier this month that China's demands on airlines for strict guidelines for references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are "part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies". Last year, the company opened its largest China store in Shanghai. On April 25, it sent dozens of worldwide airlines a written threat of severe punishments if they don't change their websites to declare that Taiwan is part of China - a move that provoked a strong pushback from the White House.

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province awaiting reunification, has taken airlines, hotels and other companies to task in recent months for listing the island as a separate country on their websites. The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

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