China accused of illegal logging in Burma – Amy Kazmin

From the Financial Times:

Chinese logging companies are still plundering vast swathes of forests in northern Burma in collusion with local ethnic militias, despite Beijing’s past commitments to crack down on illegal logging, an environmental group said.

Global Witness, a UK-based agency that links natural resource exploitation with conflict situations, said around 95 per cent of the wood China imports from Burma has been cut in violation of Burma’s forest laws. The illegal logging results in an annual loss of around $250m to the Burmese people.

Read the Global Witness report.

October 18, 2005 10:24 AM
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