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Textile trade talks unravel between US and China

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / January 14, 1983


Textile negotiations between China and the United States ended in failure Thursday, with China warning that it would react strongly to any unilateral quotas set by Washington.

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The unsuccessful talks, which will almost certainly result in the imposition of US quotas on Chinese textile exports this weekend, threatened to affect plans for a visit to China of Secretary of State George Shultz in early February.

The Chinese, who sold the US $590 million in textiles in 1981, sought terms similar to those in the expired agreement, which allowed them to expand exports in several restricted categories by 6 percent a year.