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Europe is warning China to shrink its textile exports to the EU or face retaliation

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Europe is warning China to shrink its textile exports to the EU or face retaliation

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This means self-restriction imposed by Beijing. Brussels has proposed emergency talks. Nine categories of textiles imports from China are currently under investigation.

Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson says two of them are seriously disrupting the market. “In these two products categories, import volumes from China in the first months of this year have risen by more than 160% for T-shirts and more than 50% for flax yarn, compared with the first quarter in 2004.” Failing effective self-restraint by China, he said, the Commission would propose temporary limits. Quotas for global textile trade were abolished at the beginning of the year. Several EU states want emergency barriers thrown back up immediately. Theoretically the EU could act within 15 days of the start of formal consultations with Beijing.