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Retailer Gap apologises for T-shirts with 'incorrect' map of China

15 May 2018, 07:31 | Glen Norman

Retailer Gap apologises for T-shirts with 'incorrect' map of China

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

Chinese netizens were also angered that the maps appeared to exclude southern Tibet and did not include territory in the South China Sea which China has recently been asserting claims on.

Hundreds of people complained on Gap's official account on China's Weibo microblogging website, the daily said.

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. It also added that it would implement more rigorous reviews to ensure the same thing would not happen again. The T-shirts themselves were not actually sold in China, said the Gap headquarters in Shanghai to the Global Times.

T-shirt with map of China.

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Kim and Trump in Singapore on June 12 where North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes are expected to dominate the agenda. In a tweet on Saturday , President Trump praised the North Korean leader for his "very smart and gracious gesture ".

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

On April 25, it sent dozens of global airlines a written threat of severe punishments if they don't change their websites to declare that Taiwan is part of China - a move that provoked a strong pushback from the White House.

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called the threat "Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies".

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In January,

Fashion brand Zara and Delta Air Lines drew Beijing's ire and apologized for listing Taiwan and/or Tibet as countries on drop-down menus on their websites. Mercedes-Benz said sorry for quoting the Dalai Lama on social media.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters that China pressuring companies like Gap to change how they refer to Taiwan was "rather unfortunate in terms of cross-strait relations" and would push its residents "further and further away" rather than winning their "hearts and minds". Though Taiwan is in fact a sovereign, independent country, the regime in Beijing insists that Taiwan is a part of China and has in recent months been turning up the heat on an intimidation campaign to coerce Western companies and governments to conform to their vision of "one China".

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