Blog: Leonie BarrieA level playing field?

Leonie Barrie | 7 June 2005

US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez says recently imposed US restrictions on Chinese textiles are simply a response to “market disruption,” are temporary and have not stopped China's textile industrial growth. Interviewed by CNN in Beijing, Gutierrez said the United States has “the largest market and most dynamic economy in the world” and that the Chinese “pretty much have open access to it. We simply want access to the Chinese market,” he said. In fact it sounds pretty much like a ‘tit for tat’ manoeuvre, even though Gutierrez says it’s based on fact. “President Bush has been very clear that we do not want and we do not seek a trade war,” Gutierrez said.  “We are simply asking for a level playing field.” Does such a thing really exist, and is putting pressure on the other party really the best way to achieve it?

A transcript of the full interview is available on the US Department of State website


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