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Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

The End of Cheap Chinese Goods

At The New York Times, Floyd Norris presents a series of charts illustrating Chinese clothing exports’ rising prices, and possible consequences for the US economy: When Chinese trade was helping to push down prices for...

China's New Competitors

The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Sternberg examines the erosion of China’s manufacturing supremacy due to rising transport and labour costs, and possible consequences of this shift: … [The] warning to Beijing...

The End of China’s Cheap Denim Dream

Malcom Moore reports for the Telegraph from Xintang, the “jeans capital of the world,” on China’s denim industry and why the price of jeans may rise: More and more workers are choosing not to travel to the...

China Raises Tax Rebate to Aid Textile Exporters

From Caijing Magazine: On July 30 China announced that it will be increasing the tax rebate on a range of textiles and garments from 11 percent to 13 percent beginning August 1 in an effort to assist the country’s textile...

EU To Lift Chinese Textile Quotas By Year End – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: The Europe Union (EU) will lift the quotas of ten categories of textile imported from China starting January 1, 2008, said the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Sunday. According to the memorandum signed by the two parties, the EU will lift quotas on China’s textile exports to the EU at the […]

Romania, a Poor Land, Imports Poorer Workers – Matthew Brunwasser

From the New York Times (photo: imported Chinese worker at a Romanian garment factory, via nytimes.com): To get around the chronic labor shortages hampering this traditional textile center and in other industries across Romania, Sorin Nicolescu, who runs a clothing factory, came up with an original solution: import 800 workers from China. “The explanation is […]

The Black Hole of China – Andrew Leonard

From Slate.com, via Howard French’s A Glimpse of the World blog: One of the most bruising critiques of China’s emerging role in the global economy holds that the nation is not only taking the jobs of manufacturing workers in rich countries, but is also simultaneously battering the livelihoods of workers in the poorest regions of […]

China textiles exports to EU jump 40 per cent – Raphael Minder

From The Financial Times: China’s textile exports to the European Union rose by 40 per cent in the first eight months of the year, at the expense of other Asian and African clothing exporters, while overall EU textiles imports were little changed. The European Commission’s latest trade figures are likely to confirm fears that developing […]

Nod for China textile workers – Winnie Chong

From The Standard: HK set to import 5,000 mainlanders on minimum wages Staggering from Hong Kong’s decades- long industrial downturn, labor leaders capitulated Tuesday to demands by manufacturers to import low-wage textile workers from the mainland. In return, employers agreed for the first time to impose minimum wages in specific cases. The Labour Advisory Board, […]

Beijing, Washington strike deal on China textiles – AFP

From AFP, via China Daily: The United States and China have agreed to a deal on the import of mainland clothing and fabric, resolving a bitter trade dispute between the two nations, a major Chinese textile association said. “Both the US and China have compromised in reaching this textile pact,” China National Textile and Apparel […]

EU, China Strike Agreement to End Textile Stalemate – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg: The European Union and China reached an agreement to end a stalemate that has left 400 million euros ($502 million) of Chinese garments stranded at European ports. “The EU and China will share responsibility for the goods which are blocked,” Simon Fraser, chief of staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, told journalists […]

Bosses on Blair trip slam China textile ban – David Smith

From The Sunday Times: Business leaders who will travel with Tony Blair today to China and India are demanding that the European Union immediately lift its blockade on Chinese textile imports. The 40 company bosses are also attempting to spearhead a drive to increase Britain’s exports to China and India. Currently only 1% of UK […]

China’s next step in clothes: Design – Keith Bradsher

From the International Herald Tribune: Even as Washington moves to impose new limits on Chinese garment exports to the United States, textile industry executives here say they are already looking a step ahead. They are trying to figure out how their workers can move beyond the simple cutting and sewing of garments into what is […]

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