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Earlier this month, the Luxembourg and New York branches of the Bank of China launched US$3 billion in dollar, euro and renminbi-denominated green bonds, to be traded in both Luxembourg [...]
Fr, Jul 29, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
Peru's new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (known as PPK), has revealed his government's intention to prioritise mineral extraction and trade relations with China in a series of actions and public [...]
Mi, Jul 27, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, the misinformation campaign has functioned as an effective barrier to action on climate change for nearly thirty years. It has done so by refuting [...]
Di, Jul 26, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
Loopholes in the voluntary pledges by the biggest personal care companies to phase out polluting microbeads have been revealed in a report from Greenpeace, which says a legal ban is [...]
Di, Jul 26, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
The landmark Paris Climate Agreement is on track to pass its first real test as governments in Vienna inch closer to an agreement to cut hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highly potent greenhouse [...]
Mo, Jul 25, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
China has roughly one third of global installed wind energy capacity, while the US has 17%. Yet China uses less wind-powered electricity than the US. What is going wrong? Energy market [...]
Fr, Jul 22, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
For a country massively exposed to Latin America in terms of loans and investment, China's state media has been remarkably sanguine about the economic meltdown in Venezuela and deep recessions [...]
Mi, Jul 20, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
As taxi driver Zhou pulls away from Chengdu North Railway Station, he looks back out the window at his colleagues, crowing: “The airport! I've got an airport one!” It's a rare [...]
Fr, Jul 15, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
It is now known that human societies are not able to adapt to all the impacts of climate change. There is now so much extra greenhouse gases (GHG) in the [...]
Mi, Jul 13, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue
Tiger skin with official permit at Xia Feng (c) EIAUntil now, tigers have been on a list of species which were supposed to receive the highest level of protection in China under the 1989 WPL, with an additional State Council order in 1993 banning the use of tiger bones for medicine. Since 2005, however, some Government officials, commercial tiger breeders and a few representatives of the traditional medicine industry have been actively advocating domestic trade in a growing captive tiger population numbering 5,000-plus animals.

Since 2007, the State Forestry Administration of China has been running a centralised licensing system as permitted under the 1989 law, enabling taxidermists to sell skins of captive-bred tigers as luxury rugs, accompanied by official permits. The pro-tiger farming lobby argues that legalising trade in captive-bred tiger parts will relieve pressure on wild tigers but this skin trade experiment has proven to be a monumental disaster.

Far from reducing demand for tiger parts, trade has perpetuated their desirability and acceptability, in turn stimulating demand. The legal trade has had no impact on criminal networks and, whether motivated by consumer preference for wild tiger parts or by cost, has continued to drive poaching of wild tigers – and, indeed, leopards and snow leopards as substitutes – for the same consumer markets.

There are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left, a 96 per cent population decline over the past 100 years. If they are to flourish once again in China and their Asian range, the Government of China must follow best practice from countries where there is a glimmer of hope for tiger recovery. In India and Nepal, where there are no tiger farms and there is a strong ethos of protection and prohibition of trade, there are signs that tiger populations are stabilising.

But there is no room for complacency while poaching continues. As countries with viable wild tiger populations strive towards Zero Poaching, China and other tiger ‘farming' nations must work towards Zero Demand. That means sending a clear and unequivocal message to consumers, the breeding industry and processors of tiger parts that it is over – that no part of the tiger will be traded, domestically or internationally.

The revised law leaves tigers vulnerable. This is not the time for the Government of China to turn its back on international commitments and risk the efforts of fellow tiger range countries, this is the time for leadership. EIA urges the Chinese Government to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that alltrade, domestic as well as international, in all tiger parts and products of wild and captive tigers is prohibited.


Read more about China's Wildlife Protection Law

China has passed new amendments to its Wildlife Protection Law (WPL), effective from 2017. Many campaigners are extremely concerned that the revised law, published on July 2, risks further entrenching [...]
Di, Jul 12, 2016
Source: News from China Dialogue

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The General Office of the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Notice on organizations participating in the fifth session of the China Charity Fair” on July the 19th. As stated [...]
Fr, Jul 29, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
The China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation, supported by Renmin University of China (RUC), was officially established on July the 26th. Over 100 representatives from the government sector, philanthropy [...]
Mi, Jul 27, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
Didi Chuxing and the One Foundation have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to undertake the “daring to help” (敢扶) special charity project. Based in Beijing, Didi Chuxing is a transportation network [...]
Di, Jul 26, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
On July 20, the Intermediate People's Court in the city of Dezhou, Shandong Province, ordered the Jinghua Group Zhenhua Decoration Glass Limited Company to pay nearly 3.3 million dollars for [...]
Mo, Jul 25, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
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An important Chinese real estate company has agreed to donate a large sum to the Palace Museum of Beijing's Forbidden City. The Shimao Group signed the agreement with the Palace [...]
Mo, Jul 25, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
This recent article by the China Philanthropy Research Institute examines the controversy over the accreditation of social enterprises in China. There are still many disputes on whether to set any standard [...]
Fr, Jul 22, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
An amendment to China's Environmental Impact Assessment Law was passed in the beginning of July. The law originally went into effect in 2003, aiming to mitigate the damage that construction [...]
Do, Jul 21, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
Editor's note: this is a summary of an article published by the China Philanthropy Times, which argues that the state should not get involved directly in poverty alleviation efforts, but [...]
Mi, Jul 20, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs recently released the “advice on strengthening and improving the salary management of social organizations in China” (hereinafter referred to as the advice). The newly released [...]
Di, Jul 19, 2016
Source: China Development Brief
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According to statistics, light pollution has deprived two thirds of world's city dwellers of the chance to see the constellations and the Milky Way. Excessive artificial lighting also affects the [...]
Mo, Jul 18, 2016
Source: China Development Brief

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Fr, Jun 24, 2016
Source: News from Globe Spotting
by Uwe Hoering, January 2016: In October 2013, Xi Jinping, head of China's government and communist party, announced the initiative "One Belt, One Road": With the "New Silk Road", transport [...]
Di, Jan 19, 2016
Source: News from Globe Spotting