Despite incurring diplomatic wrath from China, the South Korean government has voted at a Trade Commission meeting to keep its emergency restrictions on Chinese garlic imports until the end of 2002. The restrictions were implemented in June last year in a bid to "safeguard" domestic garlic producers, who argued they could not compete with the large quantities of cheaper garlic entering the domestic market. China retaliated by implementing its own trading restrictions on Korean imports of mobile phone accessories and plastics.