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Gap apologises for T-shirts with 'incorrect' China map

IANS  |  Washington 

US brand Gap has apologised for selling T-shirts which it said showed an "incorrect map" of

The apology came after one person posted pictures of the on Chinese saying that Chinese-claimed territories, including "Southern Tibet" -- a huge swathe of territory it claims in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, the island of and the Sea were not shown on it, the reported.

The post on Monday, which said that the was being sold in Canada, drew the ire of Chinese netizens. In a statement, Gap said it "sincerely apologised for this unintentional error" and had pulled the T-shirts from the Chinese market and destroyed them.

"respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We've learned that a Gap brand sold in some overseas markets failed to reflect the correct map of in the design," the company said.

The company didn't say whether the product would be withdrawn from sale in other markets.

Several other companies had issued similar apologies earlier this year after information on their websites appeared to conflict with China's territorial claims.

In January, apologised to China after sending a letter to rewards club members that listed Tibet, Hong Kong, and as options on a question asking customers their countries of residence.

brand Zara and drew Beijing's ire and apologised for listing and/or as countries on drop-down menus on their websites.

In 2017, German carmaker was in hot water for omitting Taiwan and parts of on a map used at their annual meeting, while Mercedes-Benz apologised in February for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled of Tibet, on

The had earlier described China's claims as "Orwellian nonsense" and sharply criticised Beijing for trying to impose its "political correctness on American companies and their citizens".



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:30 IST