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U.S. retailer Gap apologises for 'erroneous' China map printed on a T-shirt

U.S. retailer Gap apologises for 'erroneous' China map printed on a T-shirt

In January 2018, China shut down the websites of hotel chain Marriott International after the company listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as individual nations on an online customer survey.

I guess this is the risk you run when China is a country that's dogmatic in claiming its sovereignty over disputed territorial claims and you're a clothing company that makes those cheap shirts for dads that have writing on them that really doesn't actually mean anything.

Gap announced that it stopped offering the T-shirts in question for the Chinese market and had them destroyed.

According to social media site Weibo, the map printed on the Gap T-shirt, which is now being sold in Canada, did not show the Chinese claimed territories, forcing the retail giant to apologize.

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

But this isn't the first time an global company has found itself in hot water over China territorial issues. It also apologised for "this unintentional mistake and is now conducting internal investigations to quickly rectify this mistake".

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.

Another post said: "Resist such a rubbish company!" Last year, German carmaker Audi was in hot water for omitting Taiwan and parts of western China on a map used at their annual meeting, while Mercedes-Benz apologized in February for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, on Instagram. "[We] have chose to immediately pull back this T-shirt from all the concerned global markets", the company said. But Gap's China headquarters in Shanghai said the T-shirt had not been released in China.

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. Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.

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