Gap apologises for 'incorrect' Chinese map on T-shirts

Gap has pulled the T-shirts and said it respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity

The U.S. also formally acknowledges China's claim on the island, under the One China policy that established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979 - though the U.S. continues to maintain a significant unofficial relationship with Taiwan.

American retailer Gap late on Monday apologised for failing to "reflect the correct map of China" - one that did not include Taiwan - on one of its T-Shirts.

The shirt, which was sold in Canada, garnered attention after a picture was posted to the Chinese social media site Weibo. "The company said it strictly abides by Chinese law and will devote itself to greater scrutiny to avoid similar errors in the future".

USA clothing retailer Gap has apologized Monday, May 14, 2018, for selling T-shirts with what it says was an "erroneous" map of China.

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

"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", it said in a statement.

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

As recently as last week, the airline's website entries for Taiwan did not mention China, according to checks made by Reuters, and it was not clear when the change was made.

United States 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.

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.

The Gap shirt, which was sold in overseas markets, features a map of China, but Taiwan does not appear to the southeast of the country, according to a photo of the company's online store posted on the Twitter account of the official People's Daily newspaper. Following a letter to several USA airlines demanding they change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in promotional materials, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement calling the demand "Orwellian nonsense".

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