Gap apologized for the print with the wrong map of China
One of the largest American retailers, Gap, was in the middle of the scandal. The chain of shops apologized to everyone who might have offended their T-shirt. The buyers noticed that there is a T-shirt on the sale of Gap, which shows the “wrong map” of China.
The print shows a map of China, but there are no territories that China claims, for example, Taiwan and islands in the South China Sea and southern Tibet. Beijing believes that self-governing Taiwan is a breakaway province, and Tibet is governed as an autonomous region. China also claims a significant part of the territory in the South China Sea, which is disputed by neighboring Asian countries. A photo of the T-shirt was posted on the Chinese social networking site, Weibo. After the publication in the address Gap followed by hundreds of complaints. The company quickly reacted to this criticism.
The company Gap said that it respects China’s “sovereignty” and will carry out “thorough reviews” to prevent the recurrence of the incident.
In an official statement, Gap was told that they “sincerely apologize for this unintentional mistake.” “Gap Corporation respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.We learned that on our T-shirts that were sold in different countries was the image of the wrong map of China.We sincerely apologize for this unintentional mistake,” says Gap’s statement.
The clothing giant said that the product will be removed from the Chinese market and destroyed. It was unclear what would happen to the t-shirts sold outside the mainland.
Several other companies, including the Marriott hotel network and Delta Airlines, issued similar apologies this year after information about their websites appears to contradict China’s territorial claims.
Last month, Beijing demanded from a group of foreign airlines to respect the demands of China’s sovereignty and change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. At the same time, the US does not recognize China’s claims, describing them as “overfull stupidity” and sharply criticizing Beijing for trying to impose its “political correctness to American companies and their citizens”, considering that it is incorrect to call for apology. So most likely, the ill-starred T-shirts with the “wrong map” of China will remain on sale in the US.