CHINA: Officials Attempt To Resolve Shoe Dispute
Chinese government officials are to hold a meeting with shoe manufacturers today in an attempt to resolve issues after Russian customs officials confiscated millions of dollars worth of Chinese shoes earlier this month.
Armed police seized upon a warehouse in southern Moscow on 12 March and took over 100 containers of allegedly smuggled shoes that came to a total of approximately CNY80 million.
The merchandise was owned by about 20 export businesses from Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Foreign Affairs say they are very concerned about the case and are in negotiations with the Russian authorities over it, while Wang Xiaoping, president of one of the companies involved, said the shoes were taken away because no official customs papers could be provided.
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