China Denies Plundering World's Rain Forests
China is directly responding to claims made for years by Ecological Internet and others that its importing of illegal and endangered ancient rainforest timbers must end. Despite well documented reports of illegal logging trade (search | news) between China and Burma, Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea; the government has flat out denied that they are meeting their booming economy's need for timber (when there is a ban on logging domestically) from rainforest timbers. Where are all those illegally begotten timbers going then? I would not place a great deal of merit in governmental statements from a totalitarian prison state. Earlier this year China denied using ancient rainforest timbers for Olympic construction, yet the media still reports Indonesian Olympic rainforest harvest for just such a purpose.