China Supports Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign

Left to right (front): Mark Sprong, LWT; H.E. Zhang Qingyang, Chinese Ambassador; his wife Madam Nan Xinrong; Mr Ben Botolo, Principal Secretary Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy & Mining; H.E. Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner Left to right (back): Mr. Wang Jiaxin, Economic Counselor of the Embassy, Kate Moore, Programmes Director, LWT, Mr. Lai Xing, political counselor,Mr. Zhou Shanjian, chairperson of Lilongwe Chamber of Commerce of the Chinese Businesspersons, Mr. Jiang Qingxi, chairperson of Blantyre Chamber of Commerce and Brighton Kumchedwa, Director for the Department of National Parks & Wildlife.

By H.E. Zhang Qingyang, Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi

The Chinese government has regarded ecological civilization as an important pillar for national development. We have attached great importance to the protection of iconic species such as the elephant, which is at risk of extinction as a result of the illegal ivory trade.

This year, China imposed an import ban on ivory for one year from October.

During his visit to the United States this September, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China will take significant and timely steps to put an end to domestic commercial trade of ivory.

These initiatives show the consistent position and explicit attitude of the Chinese government in the fight against illegal trade of wildlife products, as well as in the rescue of endangered species.

Here in Malawi, the Chinese Embassy has pledged its support for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign. This is a small deed in comparison to the great acts of our government overseas, but it represents an important opportunity for us to have a local impact, to raise public awareness on the protection of wildlife, so that everyone will be committed to resisting illegal trade.

All our citizens living in or visiting Malawi must realize that Chinese and Malawian laws explicitly prohibit wildlife crime.

Chinese laws on wildlife protection stipulate that the import and export of wildlife or their products, which are subject to the international convention signed by China, require approval and permits from the government.

Malawian laws also make it very clear that it is illegal to possess, buy, or sell any wild animal or its parts without a license. Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has pledged his commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade and protect the ecological environment.

The majority of Chinese citizens are law-abiding, and armed with this information, we hope that they will not be —> Read More