Chinese footwear and apparel companies based in Mexico plan to set up a lobby group to promote changes in the country's tough stance on dumping practices, news agency Infolatina reported. The move was met with a cautious response from domestic Mexican firms. National Footwear Industry Chamber (Canaical) leader Rafael Merino said he hopes the new group will serve as an arena for negotiations and dialogue. "Far from seeing it as a threat, I feel it's positive to have someone to negotiate with directly in order to put an end to the harm smuggling does to the footwear industry," Merino said.