The US government will implement a range of measures to make China cooperate with international trade rules, the US trade office said in a policy review yesterday (15 February).

The US trade office will toughen itself up in its fight against a dramatically widening trade deficit, citing objectives such as China freeing market access for imports and reining in subsidies to exporters.

Measures include taking on more enforcement personnel and more trade litigation.
The US's trade deficit with China leapt to a new record of US$202bn last year from $162bn the year before.

The issue of China's heightening power over world trade has been an issue of concern for US textiles and apparel companies, who fear that cheap Chinese imports will damage their industries.