Shoes from China and Vietnam imported into Europe will face tariffs of 16.5% and 10% respectively. European Union ambassadors broke a deadlock Saturday and approved the tariffs that will be in place for two years, the Financial Times reported, a compromise from the five years proposed by trade commissioner Peter Mandelson. The final vote showed a dangerous rift in Europe's united front. Spain, France and Italy voted for the tariffs while southern states like Malta and Cyprus abstained alongside Austria and Slovenia. The UK voted against. In the final tally, the tariffs were approved with nine countries voting for them, less than half of the union's members. Beijing has said it would consider launching a case at the WTO if the duties were imposed.