A shopper wears a Zara clothing retailer bag when she passes Gap Inc. retail store on the left and a Coach retail store on Regent Street, London, on April 1
U.S. Clothing retailer Gap is the latest company to apologize to China for not reflecting Beijing's territorial claims – on a map on a t-shirt for sale in North America.
The Offensive T-Shirt showed a map of China without Taiwan The island declared by Beijing is an integral part of the country. Nor did it show what China calls "southern Tibet" – a huge part of the territory it claims in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh – and fails to draw a line around China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. This caused the anger of some Chinese netizens after a photo of the T-shirt in Niagara, Canada, was posted on the Internet.
Gap apologized quickly, though it seems that the T-shirt is not for sale in China. 19659005] "Gap Inc. respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, and we have learned that a Gap brand T-shirt sold in some overseas markets did not falsely reflect the correct map of China, and we sincerely apologize for it unintentional error, "said Gap in a statement, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times.
"As a responsible company, Gap Inc. strictly follows Chinese laws and regulations," Gap said, adding that the company is committed to stricter reviews in the future to avoid similar incidents again.
In a tweet, People's Daily showed the offensive T-shirt next to what it considers the right card.
China has launched a campaign this year to encourage international companies to visit Taiwan and its One China "policy. On April 25, dozens of international airlines sent a written threat of severe punishment if they did not change their websites to declare that Taiwan is part of China – a move that provoked strong White House repercussions.
Orwellian nonsense is part of a growing trend of the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies, "the White House said in a statement." China's internal Internet repression is world-famous. China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to the Americans and the rest of the free world are being resisted.
In January, Marriott International apologized to China for having sent a letter to members of the Reward Club in Tibet, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as options for asking customers about their home countries.
The fashion brands Zara and Delta Air Lines have plucked Beijing's anger and apologized for listing Taiwan and / or Tibet as dropdown menus on their websites Last year, German carmaker Audi was in hot water because of Taiwan and parts of western China In February, Mercedes-Benz apologized for quoting the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual exile leader, on Instagram.
In the Global Times statement, Gap said the T-shirt was open The Chinese market has been torn from the shelves and destroyed, but Gap's China headquarters in Shanghai said the T-shirt in Chin a was not published.
It is available online at the Gap Factory US website as part of the "City T-Shirt Jersey" series. Other T-shirts in the series show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada, but are decorated with national flags instead of cards.