Gap Apologizes For T-Shirt's Map Of China That Excluded Taiwan

Gap T Shirt with map of China

The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with what it says is an incorrect map of China that didn't include self-ruled Taiwan, in the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing. "We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error", it said in a statement posted on its Weibo account on Monday evening. "We are doing internal checks to correct the mistake as soon as possible", Gap said. It also failed to show what China calls "Southern Tibet" - a huge swathe of territory it claims in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh - and failed to draw a line around China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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.

The offending shirt portrayed a map of China that didn't adhere to Beijing's territorial claims.

China has engaged in a campaign this year to force global companies to toe the line when it comes to Taiwan and its "One China" policy.

Air Canada could face a boycott from Taiwanese travellers after the airline joined a growing list of air carriers that have bowed to Chinese pressure by listing the capital of Taiwan as a part of China on its booking website, the president of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce B.C. said Tuesday.

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Geographically, Tibet appears slightly to the left of the T-shirt's map of China, with Taiwan missing to the right.

Gap said the T-shirt - omitting Taiwan, Tibet and islands in the South China Sea - had been pulled from the Chinese market and were destroyed.

The name change came in the wake of letters sent by China's Civil Aviation Administration in late April, pressuring 36 American and global airlines to remove references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries on their websites and marketing materials. But Gap's China headquarters in Shanghai said the T-shirt had not been released in China.

The T-shirt was part of the Gap's city T-shirt in Jersey edition, which also includes shirts featuring Canada, Japan, Paris, San Francisco, and NY.

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