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Gap apologizes to China over map on T-shirt that omits Taiwan, South China Sea

Gap apologizes to China over map on T-shirt that omits Taiwan, South China Sea

Gap apologizes to China over map on T-shirt that omits Taiwan, South China Sea

By Simon Denyer
May 15, 2018

U.S. clothing retailer Gap is the latest company to apologize to China for failing to reflect Beijing’s territorial claims — on a map shown on a T-shirt for sale in North America.

The offending T-shirt showed a map of China without including Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing says is an integral part of the country. It also failed to show what China calls “Southern Tibet” — a huge swath 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. That drew the ire of some Chinese netizens after a photo of the T-shirt on sale in Niagara, Canada, was posted online.

Gap quickly apologized, even though it appears the T-shirt is not for sale in China.

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