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Embassy Spokesperson's Letter to The Economist to clarify the latter's wrong information about China's handling of tiger and rhino products

On 6 May 2020, Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, wrote a letter to The Economist to clarify the latter’s wrong information about China’s handling of tiger and rhino products. On 7 May, the magazine posted a correction statement at the end of the relevant article on its website and made necessary amendments to the article. The full text of Spokesperson’s letter is as follows:

Your article “Tilting the scales” (April 40) claims that China lifted a 25-year ban on the medicinal use of tiger bone and rhino horn in October 2018, which is inconsistent with the fact.

The truth is that on 13 December 2018, China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration officially stated that China would continue to apply strict ban on the trade and use of rhinos, tigers and their by-products. This effectively revoked previous circular released in October 2018 suggesting use of rhino and tiger products under strict supervision. Studious study resulted in the suspension of supporting implementing rules for the circular, and the “three strict bans” would continue to be enforced, i.e. strictly ban the importing and exporting of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts; strictly ban the sales, purchasing, transporting, carrying and mailing of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts; and strictly ban the use of rhino horns and tiger bones in medicine.

As a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, China has wasted no efforts to stop the trafficking and illegal trade of wildlife and we have been staunch, active and consistent in wildlife protection.

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