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China’s Plan To Ban Ivory Sales Will Not Save Africa’s Elephants

Hooray! The Chinese government finally came to its senses and announced that after 2017 it will no longer be legal to sell or trade ivory. Today’s announcement was long overdue and highly anticipated, particularly among Western wildlife conservationists pegged a Chinese ivory ban as the last best hope to save what’s left of Africa’s rapidly shrinking elephant population. China is by far the world’s ... Read More »

[AUDIO] 2016 China-Africa Year in Review

After years of relatively trouble-free development, 2016 marked a turning point in the China-Africa amid turbulent changes in the global economic and political order. China increased its deployment of combat troops to the continent, suffering some its first casualties in South Sudan and Mali, while trade between the two regions decreased for the first time in years. Meantime, China dangled ... Read More »

[AUDIO] 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 Jinping. Only President Xi has the power, argued Crosta, to shut down China’s domestic ivory trade that drives so much of the killing of ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Namibia’s Chinese ivory smugglers

Namibia is the rare country in Africa that seems to be holding its own against ivory poachers. Whereas in most other southern African countries the elephant population is being decimated, in Namibia, according to the government, the number of elephants has actually increased by 20% since 2005 to over 20,000. Namibia’s zero tolerance policy for poachers may explain in part ... Read More »

The transformative power of Chinese-African conversations

The following article was written by Gu Ruirui through a partnership with China House Kenya. “Before going to Africa, I didn’t realize that ivory requires killing,” said Elaina, a 16-year-old student on a volunteer trip to Africa. “In my imagination, people took ivory from elephants that had died of natural causes. Either that, or the ivory tusks, once shed, can ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Why reducing ivory demand in China will not curb poaching in Africa

“When the buying stops, the killing can too” reads the popular slogan that WildAid uses in its anti-ivory campaign to raise awareness in China. WildAid, along with most Western environmentalists, contend that curbing demand in China for ivory is the key factor to help save the African elephant from extinction. Damien Mander disagrees. Mander is the founder of the International ... Read More »

[AUDIO] ‘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 the past 18 months, indicating that heightened social awareness on the Mainland combined with a series of new policy initiatives ... Read More »

Chinese residents of South Africa Say No to the Illegal Wildlife Trade

The following article was written by the team at China House Kenya In order to help Chinese residents of African countries to better integrate into the local environment, China House organizes and implements a series of projects aimed at engage Chinese communities in wildlife conservation. Ahead of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China House traveled from Kenya to ... Read More »

FOCAC 6: China at a crossroads in Africa

The 6th Forum on China Africa Cooperation is coming at a crossroads in the China-Africa relationship. China’s shift from a manufacturing to a consumption economy means that it is importing fewer African commodities. On the African side, this shift has led to fears about repaying Chinese debt, and a general downsizing of African growth expectations. Coupled with a reported plunge ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A journalist’s view on reporting the China-Africa story

The US-based online news site Quartz is among a growing number of international media companies that is investing resources to better cover Africa. The company launched Quartz Africa in June 2015 with the opening of a new bureau in Nairobi and the deployment of a small team of journalists. Among those assigned to Kenya was Lily Kuo who previously reported ... Read More »