China to combat poaching, ivory smuggling: Li

Last Updated: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 03:49

Nairobi: Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Saturday that China is strongly committed to protecting wildlife and will spare no effort in combating poaching and ivory smuggling.

The premier told reporters after visiting the Ivory Burning Site Monument in the Nairobi National Park with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Xinhua reported.

In 1989, then Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi burned 25 tonnes of ivory and other hunting trophies in the park. To mark the incineration, the Kenyan government reserved the burning site and set up a monument.
China highly appreciates and respects Kenya`s hardworking effort and remarkable achievement in wildlife protection, Li said, adding China shares Kenya`s considerable emphasis on the issue.

"Our visit to the monument together shows that the two sides are cooperating in good faith to jointly combat poaching and ivory smuggling, and protect wildlife," the Chinese leader said.
Earlier this year, China destroyed 6.1 tonnes of confiscated ivory, and will continue to strengthen cooperation with Kenya and other countries on ecological and wildlife protection, Li added.

IANS

First Published: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 03:49

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