Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says

November 6, 2014 1:50 PM

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Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, casting doubt over Beijing's efforts to end the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa.

China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report.

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