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Chinese Ambassador Calls for Enhanced Efforts to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

A Chinese envoy to the UN on Friday called on international community to step up efforts to combat illegal trade in wildlife through law enforcement.

Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a General Assembly meeting, saying law enforcement from production to marketing and trafficking is required.

"Countries should address the root causes and remove the market driving forces leading to poaching and illegal trading of wildlife," said Liu.

"As the saying goes, no trade, no killing," he noted

Liu also called for comprehensive policies for protection such as establishing nature reserves or promoting wildlife eco-tourism to protect and manage wildlife resources.

Besides, he asked countries worldwide to deepen cooperation in law enforcement to track down, tackle and dismantle illicit wildlife trading networks and break the chain.

"The Chinese Government attaches great importance to the protection of wildlife," said Liu. "China has been working to improve legislation and law enforcement coordinating mechanism, strengthen regulatory measures and further enhance wildlife protection."

According to Liu, since 2015, China has adopted measures to prohibit import of manufactured goods and hunting mementos made from ivory tusks and antique ivory tusks.

"By the end of 2017, China will close down domestic commercial processing and sale of ivory tusks and manufactured goods made from ivory," said Liu.

"We are ready to join hands with the international community to build a community of shared future of the entire mankind and work together for a beautiful homeland based on eco-security and green development," he added.

On December 20, 2013, the UN General Assembly decided to proclaim March 3 of every year as World Wildlife Day to protect wildlife.

(Xinhua News Agency March 3, 2017)

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