Gap apologizes for China map T-shirt after backlash
Gap apologizes for China map T-shirt after backlash
US clothing retailer Gap has apologised to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting TaiwanMore
15 May, 2018, 22:43
The company said the product has been pulled from the Chinese market and destroyed.
It promised to carry out "more rigorous reviews" in the future.
An apology was issued by Marriott saying that it respected and supported the sovereignty as well as territorial integrity of China.
In a post on China's Weibo microblogging platform, the company said it discovered that some T-shirts it sold overseas "had an erroneous design of China's map". The photo of the Gap tee was snapped inside a store in Canada, and The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, tweeted a photo with the "correct" version of the map.
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. issued an apology Tuesday after upsetting internet users in China for printing a map of their country on one of its T-shirts that didn't include Taiwan.
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.
Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement it was "deeply concerned" about Air Canada's move to refer to Taiwan as part of China on the booking website.
United States clothing retailer Gap apologised late Monday for selling T-shirts with an "incorrect" map of China, after it became the latest among foreign companies that China has taken offence with in relation to its territorial claims.
"We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error", said the company, which issued the statement through its public relations firm APCO after making a similar apology late Monday on its Weibo account.
USA airline Delta (DAL) and European clothing retailer Zara also came under fire over similar issues on their websites in China.
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.
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