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• The US and China Agree on Textile Deal
• Bush to Visit China Next Week
• China Denounces Bush’s Meeting with the Dalai Lama

The US and China Agree on Textile Deal

11-10: On Tuesday, the US and China agreed to limit Chinese textile and clothing exports through 2008. The agreement occurred after five months of contentious trade talks.

Ambassador Rob Portman, the U.S. Trade Representative, and Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai signed the pact in London where they were attending a meeting of World Trade Organization members Nov. 8.

Spokesmen for U.S. textile manufacturing organizations praised the deal. They said the tougher restrictions end further disputes by the industry in the 34 sensitive textile and apparel categories with China.

Bush to Visit China Next Week

11-09: Next week, President Bush will embark on a pan-Asian tour, leaving the US on November 14 for South Korea and Japan, before arriving in China on November 20.

During his stay, Bush plans to meet with President Hu Jintao, discussing topics such as currency flexibility, avian influenza, and regional grievances between China and Japan. Currency flexibility and the US’s ever-growing trade deficit with China are expected to dominate talks between the two leaders. Bush will push for a more flexible currency regime as well as stronger enforcement of intellectual property right protection.

China Denounces Bush’s Meeting with the Dalai Lama

11-09: Ten days before his trip to Bejing, President Bush and the first lady held a private meeting at the White House with the Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The meeting came one day after the Bush administration released a report to Congress naming China a serious violator of religious freedom.

The Chinese government has expressed its opposition to Bush's meeting with the Dalai Lama. The Chinese argue against the view that the Dalai Lama is only a religious figure. They argue that he is a political leader and a threat to Chinese national unity. Wednesday's meeting marked the third time Bush has met with the Tibetan leader.

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