A senior Chinese textile official warned on Wednesday he expects the US to slap trade protection measures on several locally-made apparel products in a move that will cost his country billions of dollars a year in lost orders.

Cao Xinyu, vice chairman of China's Textile Import & Export Chamber of Commerce (CTIE) said he fears US officials will introduce the measures on items such as intimate apparel, gloves and knitting fabric.

Press reports in Beijing say the CTIE is to hold talks with the American Clothes Manufacturing Association in the near future to try and resolve the issue to both parties' satisfaction