China's total import of raw textile materials and products has risen 19.27 per cent compared with last year.

Imports of textile products came mainly from Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Hang Kong and Australia.

The total import of raw textile materials and products for 2000 was $16.813bn.

The lowering of the import tariff rate for some textile products and the recovery of the domestic market are thought to have sparked the increase.

Wool and chemical fibres made up 16.6 per cent of the toil imports and the import of semi-finished products accounted for 65.3 per cent of the total.

The import of industrial textiles and garments was 18.1 per cent of the total.

The top import was machine-made chemical fabrics, followed by machine-made cotton fabrics, chemical fibre, Knitted and crochet fabrics, wool, impregnated fabrics, coated machine-made fabrics for industrial use, cotton yarn, woven garments and knitted garments.