A European Union decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on leather shoes from China may affect 70,000 jobs, state media reported, quoting an official from the Ministry of Commerce. Last week, the EU imposed a 16.5% tariff on leather shoes imported from China over the next two years, which Lu Jianhua, director of the ministry's foreign trade department, said could affect US$730 million worth of Chinese exports. China has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction at the move. "China isn't dumping shoes in Europe," said one official at the Ministry of Commerce's fair trade bureau, adding that China's industry is competitive, with most shoe exporters either private or foreign invested enterprises that "cannot afford to sell at prices below their cost".
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