Gap apologises for China map T-shirt that didn't show Taiwan

Gap 'terribly sorry' over T-shirt China map without Taiwan

The map also appeared to leave out southern Tibet and the disputed South China Sea, the state-owned Global Times said, adding that it drew hundreds of complaints online.

China has engaged in a campaign this year to force global companies to toe the line when it comes to Taiwan and its "One China" policy.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement it was "deeply concerned" about Air Canada's move to refer to Taiwan as part of China on the booking website.

Gap apologized after the clothing retailer had a geographical mistake on a T-shirt with a map of China, according to The Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

Gap said in a statement it "sincerely apologized for this unintentional error" and has subsequently pulled the t-shirt from the Chinese market and destroyed it.

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.

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As an independent and sovereign nation, the people of Taiwan will not be subdued by any threat or intimidation, and any such attempts will only stir resentment from the people of Taiwan toward the Chinese government, he added.

An apology was issued by Marriott saying that it respected and supported the sovereignty as well as territorial integrity of China.

Other US companies which have issued apologies for similar incidents include Delta Air Lines and Marriott International Inc.

Beijing has pressured worldwide businesses to make changes to their websites that are outside China, prompting a clash with the government of the U.S.

On April 25, it sent dozens of worldwide airlines a written threat of severe punishments if they don't change their websites to declare that Taiwan is part of China - a move that provoked a strong pushback from the White House.

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