Chinese and European officials are today holding a second round of talks aimed at rethinking the two-month-old pact that has so far led to millions of jumpers, trousers and bras from entering into EU.

China has already filled some of the emergency textile quotas imposed on it in June, causing severe concern for European retailers who fear empty shelves in the coming trading seasons.

Possible courses of action being debated include 'borrowing' from 2006 quotas, or relaxing the barricades to let in items ordered before the quotas were announced on 10 June.