Here is one side: China Denies Plundering World’s Rain Forests
BEIJING — China on Tuesday denied accusations of plundering the world’s rain forests to meet booming demand for wood.
Environment groups say China is at the heart of a global trade for lumber it sells to markets in the United States and Europe and that much of its plywood exports comes from illegal logging.
Domestic demand from a fast-growing economy only adds to the problem, they say.
“As for the question that China’s large demand for timber assists illegal logging and smuggling from Asia, this statement has no basis,”State Forestry Administration spokesman Cao Qingyao told a news conference.
“The Chinese government consistently upholds and puts in practice collective international responsibility, opposing and cracking down on illegal logging cin illegal wood imports,” Cao said. “We have very strict import controls.”
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