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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.
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."
September 4, 2004 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Under fierce election-year pressures, the Bush administration said Friday that it would seriously consider U.S. manufacturers' petitions seeking to restrain low-cost imports of Chinese textiles and apparel and would urge China to voluntarily restrict its sales to the United States. By opening the door to complaints from domestic textile and apparel makers, the U.S.
November 9, 2005 | Evelyn Iritani and Don Lee, Times Staff Writers
Under pressure to ease trade tensions before President Bush's visit this month to Beijing, the U.S. and China signed a deal Tuesday that imposes limits on a wide range of popular Chinese-made clothing and textile imports. At a signing ceremony in London that capped three months of negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said the broad agreement was fair to both countries and would bring stability and predictability to bilateral apparel trade.
September 24, 1988 | OSWALD JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
The House on Friday gave final passage to legislation tightening limits on imports of textiles, clothing and shoes and sent it to the White House for certain veto by President Reagan. The 248-150 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin necessary to override a veto, and House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) conceded the measure's survival was "doubtful."
Ever seen the latest haute couture designs on fashion runways and thought, "That's garbage?" If the answer is "yes," you may be more right than you think. With the help of new technology, textile mills are collecting plastic drinking bottles, used clothing, cotton and wool scraps and other so-called garbage and turning them into first-quality fabrics used in brand-name T-shirts, jackets and backpacks.
December 29, 2002 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
The trials and tribulations of the Southwest Museum have been widely chronicled in the past decade. If the beloved but chronically underfunded institution wasn't reeling from the misdeeds of former director Patrick Houlihan -- who in 1993 was convicted of selling valuable baskets, textiles and paintings from the museum's collection -- it was desperately seeking a sugar daddy who never materialized.
February 3, 1997 | From Reuters
President Clinton's top trade negotiator said Sunday that a newly signed textile pact with China laid the basis for expanded bilateral textile trade. "This is a solid agreement that meets our critical objectives," U.S. Trade Representative-designate Charlene Barshefsky said in a statement. China and the U.S. signed the agreement in Beijing earlier in the day in an eleventh-hour deal that ended the threat of a transpacific trade war and was hailed by both sides as a breakthrough.
January 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Bush administration is being temporarily barred from imposing new limits on imported clothing and textile products flowing into the United States from China. The action late Thursday by a federal court in New York comes as U.S. textile makers brace for an even greater surge of Chinese apparel imports when decades-old, worldwide quotas expire today. U.S.
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