Taiwan seeks 'correction' after Air Canada lists Taipei as part of China


The photos were taken at a Gap shop in Canada's Niagara region, Global Times said.

On Monday (May 14), a Chinese user of the social media platform Weibo (China's equivalent to Twitter) at 8:25 a.m. posted an image of a Gap T-shirt taken at an outlet store in Canada showing a map of China with Taiwan not included.

And U.S. clothier Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts that depict what Beijing calls an "incorrect" map of China, because it doesn't include the island of Taiwan.

The company said they would be undertaking "rigorous reviews" to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

The government of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been increasingly assertive about its claims to Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a renegade province and has threatened use military force to bring under its control.

"We sincerely apologise for this unintentional error".

Taiwan's foreign ministry has asked 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, according to a statement from the ministry on Tuesday.

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On Monday, May 14, 2018, US retailer Gap Inc. has apologized to China for selling t-shirts that has a wrong map of the country.

The Gap's website originally listed the T-shirts as being available in Canada, Japan, Paris, China, San Francisco and NY.

China then issued new passports in 2012 that carried a map laying claim to several disputed islands and territories, infuriating countries across Asia.

"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", the White House said in a statement. The move came a few months after Delta Air Lines was censured by the CAA for listing both Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website.

In January 2018, China shut down the websites of hotel chain Marriott International after the company listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as individual nations on an online customer survey.

Mercedes-Benz in February apologized to the Chinese for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram. The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read.