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What brands can learn from GAP ‘s crisis in China

What brands can learn from GAP ‘s crisis in China

Boycott of GAP started to trend on Chinese social media network Weibo after the company was found selling a T-shirt with an incorrect map of China.

On May 14th, a post on Chinese social media network Weibo by @Tangfener with pictures of a GAP T-shirt caused huge discussion as a Chinese map on the T-shirt was found “incorrect” with some Chinese-claimed territories, including south Tibet and the island of Taiwan being omitted. The user said the photo was taken at an outlet store in Canada and satirized the brand, saying that GAP would have big trouble if the T-shirt was released in Chinese market.