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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 ...

North Korea's Diplomats in Africa Are Making Big Money Selling Ivory to Chinese

The tightening of international sanctions against North Korea is helping to fuel the illicit ivory trade in Africa as the increasingly isolated country searches for new ways to generate revenue, according to a new report from the Global Initiative against ...

Does Just One Man in China Control the Fate of Africa's Elephants?

In the powerful new Netflix documentary "The Ivory Game," Elephant Action League Executive Director Andrea Crosta ominously warned that the entire fate of Africa's elephants is in the hands of a single man, Chinese president Xi ...

'China is Doing More to Protect Elephants Than Africa'

For the first time in years, there is positive news to report in the fight to save Africa's elephants from extinction. A new study by the Save the Elephants revealed that the price of ivory in China has halved over ...

Growing Demand in China for Africa's Lion Bones

Traditional Chinese medicine, popular throughout Asia, has long prized the supposed medicinal value of tiger bones. Now, though, as the world's wild tiger population is fast disappearing, even facing extinction, the Chinese medicine industry may have found an alternative with ...
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