A coalition of American textile and apparel groups asked the Bush administration yesterday to limit certain exports from China and enforce trade safeguards that were agreed upon when China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The action was done to fight business and job losses that the coalition blames on cheap Chinese imports flooding into the United States.
About 270,000 American textile and apparel workers, or a quarter of the industry, have lost their jobs in the last two years, according the US Labor department.
The petitioners, who included US congressmen, charged that China is cheating on trade agreements.
If found in violation of the WTO agreements, China could be subject to trade quotas enacted by the US.
The Bush administration is hesitant to provoke China, which has become an important trading partner and an ally against North Korea.
(From the New York Times)