China is com­mit­ted to preser­va­tion

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Wang Xiaolin

THE CHI­NESE Em­bassy in South Africa takes note of the ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Il­licit rhino horn flows into China”, pub­lished in The Star on July 19, and wishes to state that the Chi­nese govern­ment adopts a con­sis­tent and firm po­si­tion on the pro­tec­tion of en­dan­gered wildlife, such as ele­phants and rhi­nos.

As a con­tract­ing party to Cites (the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), China has made un­remit­ting ef­forts to pro­tect wildlife on mul­ti­ple fronts, in­clud­ing na­tional leg­is­la­tion, in­sti­tu­tion devel­op­ment, trade man­age­ment, law en­force­ment and over­sight, ca­pac­ity build­ing and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

China has also ac­tively en­gaged in in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion with coun­tries at the source and the des­ti­na­tion, as well as along the tran­sit­ing routes of wildlife traf­fick­ing to ad­dress the is­sue. All of these ef­forts have been widely recog­nised and praised by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The Chi­nese govern­ment has been re­lent­lessly firm in the com­bat against the il­le­gal trade of en­dan­gered wild species and wildlife prod­ucts, keep­ing zero tol­er­ance for the rel­e­vant crimes.

Criminals in this con­nec­tion have re­ceived se­vere sen­tences ac­cord­ing to law. In ad­di­tion, the Chi­nese govern­ment has launched mul­ti­ple cam­paigns, such as car­ry­ing out pub­lic de­struc­tion of con­fis­cated wildlife prod­ucts, to in­crease pub­lic aware­ness on the is­sue.

China has in­sti­tuted strict dis­ci­plines and reg­u­la­tions for its pub­lic of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing di­plo­mats posted over­seas and of­fi­cials trav­el­ling abroad. Pub­lic of­fi­cials are pro­hib­ited from pur­chas­ing or tak­ing part in the pur­chase of any en­dan­gered wild species or wildlife prod­uct.

Upon dis­cov­ery of vi­o­la­tion, of­fi­cials in­volved are sub­jected to se­vere pun­ish­ment.

The Chi­nese Em­bassy in South Africa has long been com­mit­ted to the pro­tec­tion of en­dan­gered wildlife, in­clud­ing rhi­nos. In 2014 it adopted five rhi­nos and two red pan­das at the Na­tional Zo­o­log­i­cal Gar­dens of SA.

We will con­tinue to en­hance co-op­er­a­tion with the Na­tional Zo­o­log­i­cal Gar­dens and other stake­hold­ers in the cam­paign for bet­ter pro­tec­tion of rhi­nos and other wildlife. Spokesper­son of the Chi­nese Em­bassy in South Africa

Su­dan, 43, the last sur­viv­ing male north­ern white rhino on the planet, lives at Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy near Nanyuki, Kenya.

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