WASHINGTON — A broad coalition of cotton, man-made fiber, yarn spinner and fabric manufacturer groups reiterated their call Monday on President Bush to invoke a safeguard action against China, negotiate strict rules of origin in a Central American trade pact and maintain tariffs on textiles in the global round of trade talks.

In a letter to the president, the 14 groups claimed the majority of the 773,200 remaining apparel and textile jobs will be “on the line” if the administration fails to live up to its promises to help the textile industry. They called the outlook for the sector “grim” and said the administration could “mitigate the calamity facing U.S. textiles” if it takes the aforementioned steps.

By far the single most critical and immediate issue is China and its anticipated dominance in 2005, the year all quotas on apparel and textiles will be removed as part of the 10-year phaseout of global quotas.

The coalition, which has added eight new groups to the initial six, urged the Bush administration to “self-initiate” a safeguard action against China and reimpose quotas on several categories where quotas were lifted 18 months ago. Many groups in the coalition still maintain they will file their own petition seeking quotas on China if the administration does not act on its own.

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