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October 2, 2004 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
The World Trade Organization agreed Friday to explore growing concerns that the year-end removal of apparel and textile quotas will lead to massive job losses and domination of global markets by countries such as China and India. It was an unusual position for the Geneva-based trade group, whose mission is dismantling trade barriers.
August 18, 2005 | From Reuters
The United States and China are close to a broad textile trade pact to deal with surging imports from China but will probably need another meeting to reach an agreement, the Bush administration's textile negotiator said. David Spooner, the White House special textile negotiator, said two days of talks in San Francisco have been fruitful but have not yet yielded a deal. He added that if a final meeting was needed it would probably take place in China before Aug.
April 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
A day after winning major concessions from the Bush administration in their efforts to curb Chinese textile imports, American manufacturers began preparing for the next step -- including requests for import limits on several other products. Carolyn Hern, spokeswoman for Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), said the textile industry was expected this week to formally ask the government to curb the Chinese surge in as many as 11 other textile and clothing items.
August 27, 2005 | From Associated Press
The United States and China will hold a second round of talks next week in Beijing aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement to limit Chinese clothing and textile exports to the U.S. American clothing and textile manufacturers are pushing for an agreement to halt a surge in imports of Chinese goods that began Jan. 1 with the lifting of global trade quotas.
October 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
July 29, 2004 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
Just a few years ago, outdoor fabrics came in solids and beach chair stripes in the color palette of dad's sock drawer with the texture of old tires. They are the laughingstock of the upholstery world no more. Outdoor furniture retailers and traditional fabric stores are carrying a wide range of all-weather textiles, including exclusive patterns by major manufacturers such as Brown Jordan that lend pizazz and elegance to any outdoor room.
February 8, 1989 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
During his trip to the United States that ended Tuesday, Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita cited a spurt in imports by Japan last year as proof that his country is transforming itself into a new kind of economic animal--one intent on welcoming products from abroad. But an ominous contradiction of that claim has emerged.
December 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Imports of Chinese-made sweaters, shirts and other clothing and textiles will be limited to 3% growth a year under a U.S.-Chinese agreement announced Saturday. Textile industry spokesmen said that is too much. U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K. Yeutter hailed the four-year pact as the final step in a solution to import surges of cloth and clothing that have brought objections from the U.S. textile industry and a move in Congress to restrict all textile, apparel and shoe imports.
September 13, 1987 | STUART AUERBACH, The Washington Post
Impoverished Bangladesh, once described by Henry Kissinger as an international basket case, has rapidly expanded its textile exports over the past few years, only to draw protests from the United States, its major market. In talks with U.S.
Alicia de la Cruz Martinez and 23 of her co-workers recently lost their jobs in a lingerie factory. The boss said it was because the company was not prepared for free trade. "The companies that are not closing down are laying people off," said Martinez, who after 26 years in the industry--often laboring for less than the $4-a-day minimum wage--can't find work to help support her three children. "They say it is because of free trade, because they are not competitive."
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