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Luxury brands apologize to China amid Hong Kong row

Versace and Coach take heat over description of territory on T-shirts

SHANGHAI -- Multinational luxury brands are rushing to apologize after incurring the wrath of Chinese consumers over websites or products seen as challenging Beijing's sovereignty over Hong Kong or Taiwan.

Versace got into hot water over a T-shirt design listing prominent cities with their respective countries, such as "New York - USA" and "Beijing - CHINA." Irate Chinese netizens posted pictures of the shirt that highlighted two lines: "Hong Kong - HONG KONG" and "Macau - MACAO."

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