U.S., China Fail To Reach Textile Agreement

This year's third round of talks between the U.S. and China aimed at reaching a broad agreement on textiles ended on September 28 without an agreement. "We will be meeting with the Chinese again next month and will be consulting with them soon on the location and exact date of the next round of negotiations," says David Spooner, the U.S. special textile negotiator.

During this week's talks progress was made on product coverage and quota levels, however, according to Spooner.

The U.S. imposed limited quotas on textile imports from China on May 23 and May 27. The current negotiations are aimed at reaching a comprehensive pact that is consistent with China's obligations under the terms of its joining the World Trade Organization.

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