Blog: Woolly words
Leonie Barrie | 25 July 2005
A war of words broke out at the weekend after the Chinese misinterpreted a news release issued by the US government. CITA (the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements) said it wanted to wait until July 31, 2005 to decide whether or not to limit imports of men’s and boys’ wool trousers from China – but Chinese officials misunderstood it to mean the US had decided to impose a new quota.
“This unilateral action of the United States will bring more difficulties to later talks after the two sides have carried out active consultations in the Joint Commission on Trade and Commerce,” said Chong Quan, spokesperson at the China Ministry of Commerce. The Chinese added that they are firmly opposed to the “groundless” US decision to launch safeguard measures against Chinese woollen trousers, saying it will make further consultations between the two sides tougher.
Unfortunately this denouncement was also picked up by international media sources – leading to various confused reports in the news today. So to eliminate any confusion, here are the facts: the US has NOT yet decided to reimpose quotas on woollen trousers.
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