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Record ivory seizure in Bangkok, destined for China
Some 239 tusks worth US$ 3.6 million were seized. The African ivory was destined for Laos, but authorities believe it was meant for China’s black market. China is a major world market for ivory.
17/07/2008 CHINA - SOUTH AFRICA
Animal rights activists on war footing against ivory market in China
The organisation that deals with trade in endangered species has approved exchange between China and South Africa, allowing the Asian country to import 51 tonnes. In Kenya, three Chinese are arrested under the accusation of "illegal trafficking" of ivory.
19/06/2006 CHINA AFRICA
Wen Jiabao'as Africa tour continues in Ghana
Wen highlights collaboration and friendship with Egypt and Ghana and describes China as a friend of Africa. Experts point out though that China is willing to do business with and sell weapons to dictatorial regimes.
16/01/2008 CHINA – AFRICA
Chinese thrown out of Sierra Leone for destroying local forests
The authorities in Sierra Leone complain that foreign (mostly Chinese) companies have plundered the country’s timber, cutting it down indiscriminately, and exporting it without any benefit for local communities. Experts note that issue revolves around the extent to which Chinese aid can compensate for what the mainland extracts and takes out in terms of precious resources.
03/01/2006 CHINA - AFRICA
China-Africa ties grow and tip global balance
Beijing imports oil, metals and agricultural products too. It makes funds available and exports merchandise, manpower and technical expertise. Political ties are intense, even in the face of opposition from Europe and the US. More than 700 Chinese companies are at work in 49 African countries.
05/02/2007 CHINA - ZAMBIA
Public protests against Hu Jintao
The government gave the Chinese president a warm welcome and announced economic exemptions for Chinese firms. But workers and the opposition greeted Hu with protests and criticism. Beijing stands accused of exploiting miners and textile workers, taking away the country’s precious copper and opening fire on workers who protest. In Sudan, business was the only topic of discussions.
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