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Chinese Shoe Supplier For Ivanka Trump Moving To Africa

| by Michael Allen

President-elect Donald Trump promised numerous times during his campaign to bring American jobs back from China, but his own daughter's company buys shoes from a Chinese supplier that is moving to Africa.

Liu Shiyuan, a spokesman for the Huajian Group, told AFP that the company has manufactured about 100,000 pairs of shoes for Ivanka Trump's fashion line over the years.

A whopping 20,000 pairs were reportedly made for Ivanka's company soon after her father accepted the Republican nomination in August.

Zhang Huarong, who heads the China-based Huajian Group, told AFP that "some manufacturers can't even survive in China any more."

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Huarong is building a $1-billion "light industrial city" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: "My goal is to create 30,000 jobs in Ethiopia by 2020, with exports reaching $1 billion to $1.5 billion."

"Americans say 'a lot of shoes are being made in China.' But it's because the U.S. is worse at making shoes," he explained.

Christopher Balding, of Peking University HSBC Business School, told AFP that low-skill manufacturing jobs are "being priced out of the Chinese market, which still pays wages far beneath even minimum wage jobs in the United States."

While Donald has publicly criticized Ford and Nabisco for outsourcing jobs to foreign nations, most of his name-brand ties are made in China and his dress shirts are manufactured in China, Bangladesh and other countries, noted CNN Money in March.

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"I talk about my ties in speeches," Trump told CNN in July 2015. "I'm open. I say my ties, many times are made in China, not all of them by the way, but a lot of them are made in China. Because they've manipulated their currency to such a point that it's impossible for our companies to compete."

AmericansWorking.com lists numerous clothing companies that manufacture their goods in the U.S., including American Apparel.

Cao Jian, a 20-year-old worker for the Huajian Group, told AFP that he makes $480 each month to heel shoes. 

Huarong said that he could hire five Ethiopians for one Chinese employee.

Huarong's "light industrial city" will include his manufacturing plants, housing for workers, a hospital and a hotel, all of which will be surrounded by a replica of the Great Wall of China.

"It's a good thing that [Trump] is focused on American employment," Huarong said. "But the question is, does he really want to make shoes?"

Sources: AFP via Yahoo! News, CNN Money, CNN AmeriansWorking.com / Photo Credit: Ivanka Trump via BrandedIQ

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