BEIJING, Aug. 30(Xinhuanet)-- The two-day fourth round of Sino-US textile talks began Tuesday morning in Beijing. The following is a glance of major events of the textile issue between the two countries.
On January 1, 2005, the global quotas on textile imports were cancelled.
On May 17, the United States announced to re-impose quotas on seven Chinese-made textile products, including cotton trousers, cotton knitting shirts, underwear, chemical-fibered trousers, chemical-fibered knitting shirts, men's tatting shirts, and fine-carding cotton yarn.
At the same time, the US side began to take restriction-related investigations on six other products, including fibrous cloth, pullovers, woolen trousers, knitting cloth, bras and bath gowns. The final decision on whether the US will impose restrictive measures or not on the above products will come out on August 31.
On June 17, China and the United States kicked off their first round of negotiation, but failed to reach any agreement.
On July 8, the two sides held the second round of textile negotiation.
On July 11, China and the United States began their annual session of the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade(JCCT).
No breakthrough was made on the highly debated textile disputes amidst the meeting, but the United States agreed to cautiously use the special restrictive measures on textile products.
On August 1, another five products, including skirts, gowns, swimsuits, women's tatting shirts and socks, were added under investigation list. China expressed"strong opposition" for the move adopted by the US.
From August 16 to 17, the third round of talks on textile trade were held in San Fransisco of the United States. China said substantial differences over some fundamental issues still remained.
The two sides agreed to continue negotiations on textiles in a bid to find a solution to their disputes and create a stable trade environment for the development of bilateral textile trade. Enditem