Representatives of the European Union and China have begun a fourth day of talks in Beijing to resolve a trade dispute over Chinese textiles.

There is no word on any progress in the talks, which began Thursday. A spokesman for the EU office in Beijing has said negotiators are trying to reach a new agreement on textile quotas.

China agreed in June to quotas in its textile exports to the EU. But millions of items of clothing manufactured in China have been blocked in European ports because China has already shipped its annual quota. The quotas are designed to protect European textile manufacturers from low-priced Chinese competition.

Chinese textile exports surged early this year when a global system of textile quotas ended.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.