» 03/24/2006, 00.00
China is black hole of Asia's deforestation
The Chinese market imports more than 50% of timber from countries where illegal logging is rife and where deforestation is destroying the lives of the "poorest communities in the world".
02/06/2006 MYANMAR - CHINA
Beijing tries to clamp down on illegal timber imports from Myanmar
But the illegal trade continues: soldiers do apprehend traffickers but instead of arresting them, they merely fine them. And the border is not really guarded at night.
14/11/2006 CHINA SOUTH KOREA
China: new economic policies cause Korean firms to leave
A report by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said around 6,000 small South Korean companies had left because of restrictive decisions taken by Beijing. Their preferred destination for relocation is Vietnam.
China: Paper production boom destroys Asian forests
Beijing is poised to become the world's largest producer in the paper sector. Environmentalists charge that raw material is often procured without controls and by forbidden means.
To continue growth, China refuses to reevaluate the yuan
According to official data industrial profits are recovering. Premier Wen says now necessary to contain inflation, especially in real estate, and that a "stable" Yuan is beneficial for the world economy. Meanwhile, the government can not even contain corruption.
Flooding kills 109 people in Sumatra
Torrential rains have been falling on the province since December 21 forcing more than 400,000 residents to flee. The central government issues a national emergency as local authorities warn of a pending food crisis. Illegal logging is blamed for the tragedy.
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