China criticises EU investigation

Associated Press

Beijing, June 27:

China today criticised the European Union’s plan to launch an antidumping probe on Chinese shoe exports, calling it a violation of free trade.

China believes the EU has based its probe on inaccurate data, the commerce ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site. “The EU’s intention to adopt a new round of safeguards against Chinese shoes violates the principles of free trade,” the ministry said. The ministry said it wants the EU to present correct data to the public in order to clear up the misunderstanding and avoid trade conflicts. It said that the EU reported that shoe imports from China during the first four months of this year increased by 581 per cent from a year earlier when measured per unit.