A Chinese seamstress puts together a garment at a clothing factory
China's Deputy Prime Minister says U.S. restrictions on Chinese textile exports have created a "major problem" that has hurt China's textile industry.

The official Xinhua news agency quotes Wu Yi as making those remarks in meetings with U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman Saturday in Beijing.

Her remarks come a day after Chinese Trade Minister Bo Xilai called the U.S. restrictions unfair "trade protectionism."

The Bush administration has defended the restrictions, saying they are allowed under the agreement China signed when it joined the World Trade Organization.

The United States imposed quotas in May requiring China to limit its exports of some textile products. China's textile exports surged after a global quota system was abolished on January 1.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters and AFP.