China has lashed out at the EU's anti-dumping probe into exports of its shoes, claiming that "It lacks a legal basis and factual proof."

Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Chong Quan spoke out against the investigation, saying that the government was viewing the case with much interest.

Chong said that the probe would not achieve anything positive for long-term relations between China and the EU, and said he hoped that the EU would handle the situation in the correct way.

The EU announced probes into Chinese safety shoes and footwear with leather uppers on 30 June and 7 July respectively. The investigations are expected to involve over 1,200 Chinese businesses.