December 31, 2005 |
President Bush denied a request to place quotas on steel pipe imported from China, saying the cost to American consumers would outweigh the benefit to domestic producers. U.S. pipe makers and a labor group condemned the decision. They had sought quotas on certain kinds of steel pipe used primarily in construction. They said a surge in imports from China was disrupting markets. The U.S. International Trade Commission had backed the request, but Bush rejected its recommendation.
November 3, 2005 |
The U.S. and China have agreed that the Bush administration should extend quotas on sock imports from China until the end of the year while the two sides searched for an overall accord to guide textile trade. After a summit of negotiators in Washington this week, the U.S. trade representative's office said Wednesday that it had agreed with China to extend its "safeguard" on sock imports instead of imposing a new 12-month quota.
October 6, 2005 |
The Bush administration announced that it had accepted petitions from the U.S. textile industry to launch investigations into whether quotas should be imposed on 21 categories of clothing and textile imports from China. The decision further escalates a trade battle between the two nations and is expected to bring more pressure to bear on China to settle the disputes by reaching a comprehensive agreement covering clothing and textile trade to escape further quota cases.
September 27, 2005 |
U.S. and Chinese negotiators began a third round of talks seeking to strike a comprehensive accord to limit a flood of Chinese clothing and fabric imports. U.S. manufacturers said they were not optimistic that the two countries would be able to reach a deal, based on published reports out of China that the Chinese side did not plan to modify its previous offer. The talks are scheduled to wrap up today.
September 16, 2005 |
The U.S. textile industry asked the Bush administration to extend emergency import curbs on billions of dollars' worth of clothing from China beyond 2005, industry representatives said. "The reason we need to do this is because China is refusing to negotiate seriously on a comprehensive bilateral" textile agreement, said Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations.
September 6, 2005 |
The European Union and China have reached an agreement on unblocking Chinese textile imports held at European borders, the European Commission said Monday. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and his Chinese counterpart, Commerce Minister Bo Xilai in Beijing, reached a deal on future quota limits, allowing some 75 million garments into the EU, EU spokeswoman Francoise Le Bail told reporters.