China is committed to preservation
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.