Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

China Plans to Ban Some U.S. Imports to Retaliate Fine

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

China Plans to Ban Some U.S. Imports to Retaliate Fine

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China announced Sunday that it would ban imports of American fruit, beverages and other goods in retaliation for a fine for alleged trade violations.

On Sept. 6, the United States levied a $19 million penalty on China for trying to ship garments to the United States through other countries, thereby skirting quotas and violating a trade pact from 1994.

China's retaliation - the latest in a series of trade disputes that have soured U.S.-China relations - was announced less than two weeks before a planned visit by Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Christopher and Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen are expected to talk about trade, among other topics. "It's probably no coincidence" that the ban comes at a time when the two countries are preparing to renegotiate their textile trade agreement, said Jay Ziegler, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office. In announcing the ban, China's Foreign Trade Ministry appeared to offer the United States a way out, asking the United States to withdraw the textile penalty "in the spirit of developing Sino-U. …

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