China asks US not to misuse WTO rules to curb textiles

Beijing, Aug 3 | Updated: Aug 4 2005, 05:30am hrs
China on Wednesday asked the United States to stop misusing WTO trade rules to impose quotas on five Chinese textile products, including pyjamas and socks and sought talks to end the simmering trade disputes.

Taking strong opposition to the US government for its accepting an application to impose quotas on five China-made textile products, the spokesman of the Chinese ministry of commerce,

Chong Quan said that such a move runs counter to the free trade principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

He also said that such a move encourages further abusive use of the special restrictive measures on the Chinese textile products.

He urged the US to handle such applications discreetly in the future and stop misusing the restrictive measures in a bid to avoid imposing adverse effects on the overall China-US bilateral economic and trade relations.

Chong added the move also hurts Chinese companies and peoples confidence in the international environment after Chinas entry into the WTO and thus will definitely affect the balance of Chinas obligation and rights within the WTO.

The application, accepted by the US committee for the implementation of textile agreements on Monday, covered skirts, pyjamas, swimming suits, tatting shirts and socks.

This is the second time that the US authority has accepted a restrictive application after it accepted a similar one in July on Chinese curtains exported to the US.

PTI