China regrets cases of wildlife poaching

04 Apr 2017 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) – The People’s Republic of China’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Zhang Ming, says his government regrets cases of wildlife poaching involving Chinese nationals.
Speaking to the media after a closed-door meeting with President Hage Geingob in the capital on Monday, Ming said the Chinese government in fact condemns such cases no matter which nationalities are involved.
“Indeed a handful of Chinese nationals have been involved in such cases and we regret such cases,” he said.
Several Chinese suspects have been apprehended by the Namibia Police Force (NamPol) on cases of wildlife poaching, ranging from rhino horns, ivory, leopard and pangolin skins.
Ming noted that although such nationals are very few in number, their behaviour is very serious in nature and is therefore condemned by the Chinese government.
He added the Chinese government has policies that strictly protect wildlife and Chinese people are aware of these.
“The Chinese government and the people as well the Namibia government and the people are fully inline on this issue, and we will also provide support and help to the Namibian government within the realm of our capabilities,” he noted.
The minister further expressed his regrets on China’s former Ambassador to Namibia, Qiu Xuejun, who due to health reasons will not return to his office in Namibia.
“Our Chargé d’affaires and our whole team at the embassy have never slacked in their effort to further grow our friendship and cooperation although the former ambassador has returned to China due to health reasons,” he said.
The deputy minister further gave assurance that China will soon appoint a new ambassador.
(NAMPA)
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