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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1481; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14121481

The Role of China in the UK Relative Imports from Three Selected Trading Regions: The Case of Textile Raw Material Industry

School of Business, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China
Received: 10 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 20 November 2017 / Published: 30 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decision Models in Green Growth and Sustainable Development)
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The UK textile industry was very prosperous in the past but in the 1970s Britain started to import textile materials from abroad. Since 1990, half of its textile materials have been imported from the EEA (European Economic Area), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and North America countries. Meanwhile, UK imports from China have increased dramatically. Through comparisons, this paper calculates the trade competitiveness index and relative competitive advantages of regions and investigates the impact of Chinese textiles on UK imports from three key free trade regions across the textile sectors in the period 1990–2016 on the basis of United Nation Comtrade Rev. 3. We find that China’s textile prices, product techniques, political trade barriers and even tax system have made a varied impact on the UK’s imports across related sectors in the context of green trade and the strengthening of barriers, which helps us recognize China’s competitiveness in international trading and also provides advice on China’s sustainable development of textile exports. View Full-Text
Keywords: textile materials; UK; China; competitiveness index; comparative advantages textile materials; UK; China; competitiveness index; comparative advantages
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Xu, J. The Role of China in the UK Relative Imports from Three Selected Trading Regions: The Case of Textile Raw Material Industry. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1481.

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