Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Gap pulls shirt with incorrect map of China from stores, issues apology

Gap pulls shirt with incorrect map of China from stores, issues apology

I can't imagine that, as a graphic designer for United States clothing giant Gap, you would have ever anticipated that part of your job would require officially apologising to the nation of China thanks to an worldwide upset you caused with one of your shitty shirt designs. The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read.

USA clothes giant GAP said it was "extremely sorry" for selling a T-shirt with an "incomplete" map of China, after it was accused of being disrespectful to the country's territorial sovereignty.

A photo of a gray T-shirt featuring the word "China" alongside a silhouette of a map of mainland China-which was notably missing several China-claimed territories-went viral on the Weibo social network, prompting outrage for being "incomplete".

As the New York Times points out, companies like Delta Air Lines, Marriott, and Zara have also been called out for failing to recognized Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as sovereign to China, instead referring to them as separate countries.

Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue.

Trump announces date, place for summit with Kim, greets freed men
He added that the prisoners' release showed relations between the United States and North Korea were on a "new footing". Mr Pompeo said that he had had good conversations with Mr Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.

Iranians protest Trump's decision on nuclear deal, fearing renewed sanctions
On the eve of the Trump decision, all we could do is to tell the Iranians: "don't do anything rash", the diplomat said . While North Korea's response to Trump's announcement was to release the USA detainees, Iran's response was different.

AT&T chief says hiring Cohen was 'a big mistake'
The Washington Post reported this week that Cohen received $600,000 to consult for AT&T about the merger, among other issues. So when he took office, there were concerns within AT&T and Time Warner that he or his aides would try to block the deal.

The White House hit back at the push earlier this month, calling the demands placed on airlines "Orwellian nonsense".

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous. -ORCRP009473-topic.html" class="local_link" >Marriott International apologized profusely to China after sending a letter to rewards club members that listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as options on a question asking customers their countries of residence.

The photos were taken at a Gap shop in Canada's Niagara region, Global Times said.

United States airline Delta (DAL) and European clothing retailer Zara also came under fire over similar issues on their websites in China. Last year, German carmaker Audi was in hot water for omitting Taiwan and parts of western China on a map used at their annual meeting, while Mercedes-Benz apologized in February for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, on Instagram. Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.

Like this: