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

Gap has pulled the T-shirts and said it respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity

But Gap's China headquarters in Shanghai said the T-shirt had not been released in China.

The apology came after a person posted pictures of the T-shirt on Chinese social media network Weibo, saying that Chinese territories, including South Tibet, the island of Taiwan and the South China Sea, were omitted from the map. The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read.

The losing KMT fled to Taiwan in 1949 after the civil war and China claims the self-ruled island as an inviolable part of its territory.

While Taiwan is self-governed, only a minority of countries recognize its sovereignty as a nation independent of China.

In a rare statement issued by the White House May 5, the USA government slammed China's demand as "Orwellian nonsense" and said it deemed the request "Chinese political correctness". The area China calls Southern Tibet is a disputed region on the country's border with India, where China claims about 90,000 square kilometres in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Even the USA needs global partners, she cautioned, saying: "No country is big enough to face this world alone". USA light crude CLc1 was down 10 cents at $71.26, having touched a 3-1/2 year high of $71.89 on Thursday.

The incident also demonstrates the rising power of Chinese social media.

Gap Inc has apologised for selling a shirt with an incorrect map of China after photos of the shirt found in an outlet store in Canada made the rounds online.

"We sincerely apologize for this unintentional error", said the company, which issued the statement through its public relations firm APCO after making a similar apology late Monday on its Weibo account.

A series of other big Western brands have apologized over missteps on Chinese territorial issues. "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. Marriott issued an apology, saying it respects and supports China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

United States hotel chain Marriott, Spanish clothing giant Zara and a slew of airlines have faced China's wrath for not classifying Taiwan as part of China on their websites. Each of the companies has subsequently apologized.

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