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Why Gap Is Apologizing to Customers This Time

15 May, 2018, 22:40 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • China calls democratic Taiwan one of its provinces despite nearly seven decades of separate governance. The island was omitted from Gap's latest T-shirt design

Several other large Western brands apologized for errors related to territorial issues in China. US clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

"As a responsible company, Gap Inc. strictly follows Chinese laws and rules", Gap said in the statement sent to the paper, adding that the company is committed to more rigorous reviews in the future to avoid similar incidents again.

USA 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 state-run Global Times newspaper said the map also omitted South Tibet and the South China Sea, and that the issue sparked a social media frenzy in China after a photo was posted of the shirt at an outlet store in Canada.

In a tweet, People's Daily showed the offending T-shirt alongside what it considers to be the correct map.

The clothing brand, based in the USA, is the most recent worldwide business to be in trouble with the government of China over that country's territorial issues.

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The U.S. has started pushing back against Beijing, with the White House condemning China's efforts to control how U.S. airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as "Orwellian nonsense".

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The Global Times quoted Gap as saying that the T-shirt had not been released in China.

USA hotel chain Marriott, Spanish clothing giant Zara and a slew of airlines have faced China's wrath for not classifying Taiwan as part of China on their websites.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday it was asking Air Canada for a "speedy correction" following the airline's decision to list Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of China on its booking website.

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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