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Conservation Update: Rhino Horn Trafficking Trial in Malawi | Ivory Sales in China via Japan | China’s Distant Fish Fleet Needs More Transparency

Seized ivory elephant tusks are displayed during a press conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound in Hong Kong on February 1, 2019. Hong Kong customs officers unveiled a record seizure of pangolin scales on February 1, the latest huge haul to underscore the city's central role in the lucrative and booming illegal wildlife trade. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Poaching and wildlife conservation issues have largely fallen off the broader China-Africa agenda ever since Beijing outlawed its domestic ivory trade in 2018. Even as Chinese demand for endangered African wildlife products, particularly pangolin, and other animals such as donkeys whose skins are used to make a traditional Chinese medicine, shows no signs of waning, there’s been relatively little attention paid to these issues lately and they are rarely discussed at China-Africa ministerial and presidential exchanges.

But now these topics are back in the news again as a flurry of stories surfaced over the past few days on a wide range of issues in countries across the continent.

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