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China Accuses US, EU of Unfair Action on Textiles


China says moves by the United States and European Union to curb its booming textile exports are unfair.

The comments by Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai come one day after the EU launched an emergency procedure that could impose limits on Chinese exports of T-shirts and flax yarn.

Last week, the United States announced it would re-impose quotas on three other categories of Chinese textile exports - cotton trousers, cotton knit shirts and underwear.

Both sides say there has been a massive surge in Chinese textile imports since a 31-year-old global quota system expired in January.

Mr. Bo says a 1995 agreement to end the quota system gave the United States and the EU enough time to gradually lift textile quotas in order to avoid a surge of imports. He says the quotas could negatively impact the lives of tens of millions of Chinese textile workers.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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