Retailer Gap says 'sorry' for T-shirt's incorrect China map

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I can't imagine that, as a graphic designer for USA 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 global upset you caused with one of your shitty shirt designs.

"We have removed the product from the Chinese market and destroyed them all".

USA clothing retailer Gap apologised late Monday for selling T-shirts with an "incorrect" map of China, after it became the latest among foreign companies that China has taken offence with in relation to its territorial claims.

One user on the Chinese social network Weibo complained the retailer may have intentionally left out Taiwan and other islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea.

Gap issued an apology late Monday on its Weibo account, saying it "respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China".

Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue.

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Most recently, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration ordered a number of air carriers, including United States airlines, to identify Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese regions on their websites.

In January, Chinese authorities blocked Marriott's websites and apps for nearly a week after the company listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries in emails and applications.

Delta Air Lines based in the USA and Zara the European based clothing retailer were on the hot seat as well over issues of a similar nature on their e-commerce sites in China.

"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", it said in a statement.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday it was asking Air Canada for a "speedy correction" following the airline's decision to list Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of China on its booking website.

The Global Times quoted Gap as saying that the T-shirt had not been released in China. Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.