A delegation of Chinese government officials will meet with American trade representatives next week to discuss ways of further normalizing economic relations between the two countries, according to government officials.
The two groups will meet next Tuesday and Thursday and discuss sea, air and other trade agreements being negotiated between the two countries, the officials said. The Chinese delegation will be headed by Vice Premier Bo Yibo, and the United States will be represented by high-ranking Treasury Department officials, they said.
Details of the meeting are scheduled to be released at a press briefing today.
In a related action, Chinese and American government representatives yesterday initialed a three-year bilaterala trade pact to control burgeoning textile and apparel imports from China. The pact had been agreed to in principle in July. It is expected to be signed "in the near future," according to a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative.
The agreement, hammered out after months of sometimes stormy negotiations, applies to cotton, wool and man-made textiles and apparel exported from China into the United States between Jan. 1, 1980, and Dec. 31, 1982.
It establishes import levels on certain women's, girls' and infants' knit and woven shirts and blouses, men's and boys' woven shirts and all cotton trousers and man-made fiber sweaters.
Domestic textile industry officials had been concerned about the giant leaps Chinese goods were making in the U.S. market since 1970, when the only Chinese textile import was an 11-square-yard piece of wool carpet, a government official said.
The Chinese are now this country's second-largest supplier of some cotton products, according to government figures. Last year the Chinese exported into the United States 231.2 million square yards of textiles and related products, up from 84.7 million square yards in 1974 and 163,000 square yards in 1971.
No further details of the agreement will be available until it is signed, the trade representative spokesman said.