Gap 'sorry' for not showing Taiwan as part of China

Eileen GuzmanMay 16, 2018

United States retailer Gap Inc has been forced to apologise for selling a T-shirt which it said had an incorrect map of China, adding it would implement "rigorous reviews" to prevent a repeat mistake.

The T-shirt omits territories claimed by China, including parts of southern Tibet, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

An apology was issued by Marriott saying that it respected and supported the sovereignty as well as territorial integrity of China.

According to the BBC, US clothing brand Gap has apologies after selling T-shirts that showed an "incorrect map" of China.

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

The losing KMT fled to Taiwan in 1949 after the civil war and China claims the self-ruled island as an inviolable part of its territory.

Gap has apologized for a map of China on one of its T-shirts that upset internet users in the country.

Gap announced that it stopped offering the T-shirts in question for the Chinese market and had them destroyed. "We are doing internal checks to correct the mistake as soon as possible", Gap said.

But this isn't the first time an global company has found itself in hot water over China territorial issues.

The company didn't say whether the product would be withdrawn from sale in other markets.

In January, China forced US-based hotel chain Marriott International to shut down and "conduct a full content inspection" of its Chinese website and mobile app after a questionnaire that listed Taiwan and Tibet as individual countries led to complaints.

U.S. airline Delta and European clothing retailer Zara also came under fire over similar issues on their websites in China.

"If they treat the Taiwan people so unfriendly I think most of the people from Taiwan will choose other carriers instead of Air Canada", said Charles Chang, president of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in BC.

Beijing has also been pressuring global companies to change their websites outside China to fit its views, prompting a clash with the USA government.

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