This smacks of protectionism and is completely out of line with the overall trend of free trade represented by the (World Trade Organization) Doha Round.
Even some members of the EU itself have publicly expressed opposition to these measures.
China expresses regret (over their decision).
The U.S. has exaggerated its trade deficit with China.
China, with its low cost of labor, has a comparative advantage in shoe manufacturing.
In 2005, foreign investment into China maintained sound momentum and the quality of foreign investment improved.
China expresses regret at this. China is studying the consultation requests from the European Union and the United States seriously.
China has a competitive edge in the labor-intensive shoe manufacturing industry. They have ignored the fact that 98 percent of the shoemakers in China are privately owned.
The accusation from Europe is completely groundless. Shoe dumping from China to Europe does not exist.
The EU ignores the fact that 98 per cent of shoe manufacturers are funded by private and foreign capital. Refusing to grant market economy treatment to Chinese shoe makers is a discriminatory action violating the principles of fair trade.