The textile industry has urged the Centre to push for negotiations with China to provide duty-free access to Indian cotton textiles. Sanjay Jain, Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, said that in 2017-2018, India exported textile goods worth $1,362 mn to China. But imports from China were to the tune of $2,905 mn, indicating a trade deficit of $1,543 mn. Between 2010 and 2014, India was a net exporter of textile and apparel products to China. However, after that, India’s trade deficit with China was on the rise.