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". We are not following in the slipstream of those who seek to shirk their responsibilities with regard to the objectives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks and to the manner in which they conduct those talks, and who, having attempted to impose the blind and brutal liberalisation of world trade, with its extremely damaging economic and social consequences, are now trying to pass the buck and blame China for all of the world’s evils. Their discourse seeks to disguise the fact that it is the large economic groups who stand to gain the most from the current liberalisation of world trade. They are the ones who relocate their production in search of higher profits; they are the ones who, owing to their domination of distribution, come away with the lion’s share. The textiles and clothing sector is an example of this alarming situation. China was not to blame for the way in which the WTO talks on the textiles and clothing sector were conducted; the Commission and the Council were. China is not responsible for the over-valuation of the euro, which exacerbates the problems and hampers the competitiveness of the textiles and clothing made in EU countries. It is the Council and the Commission, not China, that have thus far failed to activate the safeguard clause, in spite of the appalling situation that the EU’s textiles and clothing sector is currently enduring, particularly in countries such as Portugal. Instead, they delay this crucial decision. I therefore ask the following questions: When will safeguard clauses be activated? When will there be a revision of the Commission’s mandate for WTO talks? What we must do is suspend and reverse the current policies on trade liberalisation. What we must do is ensure a level playing field for trade, by introducing a system that is geared towards genuinely and sustainably developing each country’s potential, a system that is not based on dominance and dependency, a system that is thus geared towards urgently improving the standard of living for people across the world and towards guaranteeing their rights."@en1

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