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Thursday, March 09, 2006

China says fake Christmas trees help US environment

Staff and agencies 07 March, 2006 Via Olberlin Times

BEJIING - Fake Christmas trees made in China help protect the environment of the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said on Tuesday, listing the benefits of trade between the two countries.

"You may know that many American households celebrate Christmas with artificial Christmas trees manufactured in China and this benefits environmental and ecological protection in the United States," Li told a news conference.

Li also said trade with China helped create jobs, benefited consumers and helped relieve inflationary pressures in the United States.

The U.S. trade deficit with China -- a perennial point of friction in the relationship -- rose to a record $202 billion last year.

China‘s own environmental problems, including deforestation, have ballooned along side the economic boom of the past two and a half decades.

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