By  on July 18, 2005

GENEVA — China lashed out at Turkey in a heated World Trade Organization session Friday, charging that Ankara was trying to make it "a scapegoat" over developments in global textiles and apparel commerce since quotas were dropped this year, diplomatic and trade sources said.

China's remarks came in response to claims by Turkey that China was taking the largest part of the liberalized global market, and that Turkey and other developing countries "face the risk of being swept away from their traditional export markets."

Turkey said China had expanded its exports of textiles and apparel by 73 percent to the European Union and by 65 percent to the U.S. market this year.

Turkey, in a three-page submission, argued that China's share in the EU and U.S. markets, which, combined, account for 80 percent of world imports, is expected to continue to rise and that this would come "at the expense of other developing countries."

The Chinese delegation countered, however, that the claims by Turkey were "unfair," and questioned the accuracy of the figures.

Turkey proposed that the WTO's Council for Trade in goods should establish a work program for a full and periodic review of global textiles and apparel production, export and market circumstances, and develop appropriate remedies within the global trade system.

Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Kenya and El Salvador were among countries that backed the move by Turkey. China, supported by India, Brazil, Hong Kong and Chile, said the proposal by Turkey was one-sided and unacceptable. Hong Kong is a special administrative district of China.

The Chinese delegation noted Turkey was the second-largest supplier to the EU with 14 percent market share and added Turkey had failed to mention that its textile exports had increased by up to 30 percent in some markets.

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