No need for EU curbs on Chinese textiles: Clement

10th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 May 2005, BRUSSELS - Germany on Tuesday broke ranks with France, Italy, Spain and other European Union nations by saying it sees no need for emergency restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing.

10 May 2005

BRUSSELS - Germany on Tuesday broke ranks with France, Italy, Spain and other European Union nations by saying it sees no need for emergency restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing.

The German textile industry was not interested in slapping immediate curbs on Chinese textile exports to the EU, German economics minister Wolfgang Clement told reporters in Brussels.

"At the moment, nobody can be in favour of safeguard measures" to restrict Chinese exports, Clement said.

He said any such decision would have to wait for the results of a European Commission investigation into Chinese textile exports.

Clement said the German textile industry had already undergone structural change and was not worried about rising competition from China.

"Nobody can escape structural change," Clement said in a pointed reference to demands for protection made by European textile manufacturers.

Rather than individual actions by national governments, the German minister said Berlin favoured a 'European solution' to the Chinese textile problem.

EU trade chief Peter Mandelson last month ordered an investigation into surging exports of Chinese textile and clothing following the elimination of worldwide quotas on 1 January.

The EU is looking into imports of nine categories of Chinese products, including T-shirts, trousers and women's underwear.

The inquiry, which could lead to the introduction of tough new quotas on Chinese exports, is running parallel with EU efforts to persuade Beijing to agree to voluntary curbs.

Demands for quick EU action have come in recent weeks from France, Spain and Italy as well as European textile manufacturers who say low-cost Chinese exports are forcing factory closures and unemployment across Europe.

DPA

Subject: German news

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