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China Announces Sweeping Ban of Eating and Trading Wildlife

China's top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), announced a sweeping ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals as part of the effort to stem the deadly COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled the country. ...

Conservation Groups Welcome China’s Decision to Ban on Wildlife Markets

Conservationists are hoping that China's decision this week to temporarily ban the sale of wildlife in open markets will eventually become permanent. The Chinese government announced the move on Sunday as part of a broad effort to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. ...

Pangolins and Other African Wildlife Could be Among the Only Beneficiaries of This Crisis

The outbreak of coronavirus is being traced back to one of Wuhan's many live animal markets that sell a variety of wildlife including snakes, turtles, and cicadas, guinea pigs, bamboo rats, badgers, hedgehogs, otters, palm civets, even wolf cubs. Now that this ...

Recent Killing of Kenyan Rhinos Highlights Need to Get Wildlife Issues Back on the China-Africa Agenda

The privately-run Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya provided a sobering reminder this week that even though wildlife conservation issues have largely disappeared from the broader China-Africa agenda, the fate of some of Africa's most endangered animals is becoming increasingly perilous.

Tweet of the Day: Ambassador Lin Songtian Engages South African Environmental Journalist on Twitter About the Fate of Baby Elephants Sent From Zimbabwe to China

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, took his new Twitter account to respond to directly to criticism about the recent sale of 30 baby ...

Zimbabwe Elephant Sale to China Sparks Outrage, Prompting New Set-Back for Chinese Public Diplomacy in Africa

Up to 30 young elephants were flown overseas this weekend from Zimbabwe, reportedly to zoos in China, prompting widespread anger in Africa, Europe, and the United States. News headlines, conservation groups, and social media users all expressed varying of ...

Chinese State Media Touts Capture of Rhino Horn Haul in Shanghai

Chinese customs officials at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport seized seven rhino horns weighing almost 10kgs (22 pounds). The smugglers were apparently asked by a South African trafficker to transport the contraband, according to a video published this weekend on CGTN's YouTube channel. The exact ...

Niger, China Agree to Build 2,000km Oil Pipeline

China's oil ambitions in Niger clearly appear to be on the rise. The two sides agreed this week to build a massive, hugely ambitious new 2,000-kilometer pipeline that will transport crude from the landlocked West African country to the port of Seme in Benin, according to ...

Environmental Issues Force Their Way Onto China-Africa Agenda

Environmental and conservation issues have long been secondary priorities in the Sino-African relationship, lagging far behind economic development. Pollution, over-fishing, poaching and other ecological problems were all seen as the necessary downsides of economic modernization. Now, however, mounting public pressure on leaders from both ...

How the World's Most Trafficked Animal Is Caught in Africa and Sold in Asia

The small, scaly pangolin is the world's most trafficked animal. Poachers in Africa are capturing and killing vast numbers of these animals and illegally shipping them to markets throughout Asia, but mostly in China and Vietnam. In 2017 the Africa-China Reporting Project at Wits ...
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