US: Textile groups call for action against China


5 October 2009 | Source: just-style.com

US textile groups are again urging the US government to take action against what they describe as China’s "predatory trade practices," warning that its economic security is at risk if it fails to do so.

"The US government should cite China as a currency manipulator and should support legislation that allows US industry to defend itself and its workers against this predatory practice," said Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO).

His remarks were made in a testimony on Friday (2 October) before an interagency group examining China’s trade policy and adherence to the commitments it made when it joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Johnson added: "China’s use of its currency as an economic weapon is the single largest export subsidy that China gives to its export sector."

Other steps that should be taken by the Obama Administration, he said, include condemning Chinese actions to boost exports, including export tax rebates.

The government should also develop a public database of China’s laws, rules and regulations that favour China’s industrial sectors so that it can fully understand the Chinese system.

The textile groups also want to see monitoring of textile and apparel exports from China.

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