Far Eastern Group, one of Taiwan's leading textile and garment companies, is flouting the wishes of the island's textile authorities by planning research and development centres in mainland China. The move to upgrade its mainland production activities is being made in advance of the country joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which is expected to boost the volume of cross-strait textile trade. The company believes that strengthening its R&D capability in mainland China will help maintain a competitive edge after WTO entry.