US to impose quotas on Chinese textile products
( 2003-11-19 10:18) (Xinhua)
The United States government announced Tuesday that it had decided to impose
quotas on three types of textile products from China.
The decision will affect Chinese imports of knit fabric, dressing gowns and
robes and bras.
In announcing the action, US Commerce Secretary Don Evans said that it
"demonstrates the Bush administration's commitment to our trade rules and
"I believe this will advance our future dealings with China, for no market
operates fairly without open dialogue," Evans asserted in a statement.
The US textile industry had petitioned the US government in July for
protection through the imposition of quotas, complaining it was being harmed by
a flood of textile products from China.
However, consumer groups in the United States said that the government action
sets a bad precedent for the future and will encourage the US industry to
petition for the re-imposition of other quotas that are scheduled to be totally
removed on Jan. 1, 2005.