Gap apologises to China for 'incorrect' map on T-shirt

15 May, 2018, 22:28 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Gap T Shirt with map of China

The netizen also added that the photo was taken at an outlet store in Canada, Reuters reported.

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.

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

The company, through a prepared statement posted on Weibo, said that it respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of China and learned that a T-shirt in its Gap brand sold in some markets overseas did not reflect a map of China that was correct in design.

"We are terribly sorry for this unintentional mistake".

The Gap map also did not reflect Chinese claims to territory in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China refers to as "Southern Tibet", or show its claims in the South China Sea, which overlap with those of several other countries in the region.


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

Another post said: "Resist such a rubbish company!" "China's internal Internet repression is world-famous". In January, websites as well as apps for Marriott were blocked for more than week after the hospitality company listed Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as individual countries in both emails as well as apps.

Delta Air Lines based in the USA and Zara the European based clothing retailer were on the hot seat as well over issues of a similar nature on their e-commerce sites in China. 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.

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.

It is available online on the Gap Factory U.S. website, as part of the "City T-shirt in Jersey" range.

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