A Chinese sales assistant waits for customers at a textile shop in Beijing.
A Chinese sales assistant waits for customers at a textile shop in Beijing October 26, 2004. China expects its trade surplus to be around $10 billion in 2004, and sees friction over textile exports topping the list of trade troubles next year, a senior Commerce Ministry official has said. U.S. textile makers, worried that a flood of inexpensive Chinese products will cost many American jobs, want the Bush administration to impose new tariffs before the current quotas come to an end. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV CC/CP