The US textile industry may shed as many as 630,000 jobs -- more than 60 percent of its domestic work force -- in 2005 and 2006 after the removal of quotas limiting Chinese imports, an industry group warned. \nAs many as 1,300 textile plants in the US may close during that period after quotas on 29 textile items are scrapped at the end of next year, according to a report by the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. \nUS textile and apparel makers said last month they plan to ask the Bush administration to levy tariffs on Chinese clothing imports under new rules set up by the Commerce Department. The companies, which say China sells goods below cost, vow to make it an issue in next year's presidential elections if the administration doesn't take action. \nThe US textile industry already lost 267,700 jobs from January 2001 through this May, with hundreds of factories shut, according to the association. Chinese sales of textiles to the US rose by 63 percent to US$3.15 billion last year. \nAfter the quotas are ended, up to US$42 billion in orders may also shift to China from other countries, including Caribbean nations, Mexico and the EU, the report said. \nQuotas limiting Chinese exports under the Multi Fiber Agreement are due to expire at the end of next year. China's textile trade association said it would be willing to consider voluntary quotas. Chinese imports will still be subject to some tariffs. \nA coalition of six US trade groups, including the National Cotton Council and the American Yarn Spinners Association, said they will petition the government later this month to levy tariffs on specific Chinese imports, which include cotton robes, brassieres and knitted fabrics.
Swedish Member of Parliament Hampus Hagman is pushing for changing the name of the nation’s trade office in Taipei to signal improved relations with “Asia’s perhaps foremost democracy.” Hagman on Wednesday last week proposed renaming the Swedish Trade and Invest Council to “Sweden’s Office in Taipei,” following similar changes by other nations. The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, part of Business Sweden, is owned by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Taiwan and Sweden share important values such as respect for democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, Hagman said in the motion, adding that the two nations
TWO CASES: The five allegedly conspired with conglomerates, threatening the nation’s governance and subverting the rules of ethical conduct, a deputy chief prosecutor said Taipei prosecutors yesterday charged three legislators and one former lawmaker with contravening the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例) in a case linked to former Pacific Distribution Investment Co (太平洋流通) chairman Lee Heng-lung’s (李恆隆) battle with the Far Eastern Group (遠東集團) over ownership of the Pacific SOGO Department Store (太平洋崇光百貨) chain, while independent Legislator Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇) was indicted in a separate case involving two funeral services companies and a plot of land in a national park. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Chen Chao-ming (陳超明) and Sufin Siluko (廖國棟), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) and former New Power Party legislator
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