The mainland press has been slow to inform the country's millions of textile workers that their livelihoods may be affected by Beijing's decision on Friday to raise export tariffs. No national newspapers yesterday led with the news that as many as 74 types of textile products will be subject to tariff rises - mostly by 400 per cent - from the start of next month. The higher levies are an apparent effort by Beijing to ward off a potential trade war with the United States and the European Union. The People's Daily, the Communist Party's mouthpiece, did not carry the story yesterday. The Workers' Daily, whose readership probably includes many of the country's more than 18 million textile workers, ran only a small news report by Xinhua. But it carried no reporting on how the restrictions will affect the country's textile sector. Most national papers yesterday chose to lead with stories about the mainland's increased efforts to negotiate with Taiwan on promoting cross-strait tourism. The Zhejiang Daily is the official newspaper for southeastern Zhejiang province, which surpassed Guangdong last year to become the mainland's biggest exporter of textile and garment products. But the paper carried no articles on the tariff increases. In eastern Shandong province - another textile exporting heavyweight - the major Dazhong Daily covered President Hu Jintao's talk on maintaining close ties with the masses. But it said nothing about the news that would affect millions of workers' lives. Exceptionally, Nanfang Daily and the 21st Century Business Herald, based in Guangzhou, ran long articles explaining why the government made such a concession and how these restrictions are going to hit the domestic textile industry. News of the tariffs broke first on the website of the Ministry of Finance on Friday morning, but most of the country's major internet news portals did not pick it up until late that night.