Anyone who breaks national laws protecting forests will be severely punished, says Zhao Xuemin , a vice-director of the State Forestry Administration. Mr Zhao made the pledge yesterday while announcing a two-month nationwide crackdown in a joint meeting with the Ministry of Public Security. He also referred to 10 recent cases involving illegal logging, smuggling, poaching of wild animals and encroachment on forests in provinces including Heilongjiang , Hubei , Sichuan , Yunnan and Shanxi . 'We will not rest until we get to the bottom of these cases,' Mr Zhao was quoted as saying. 'No matter what resistance we face, we will make sure that all these cases are dealt with just as the laws say. China News Service reported that forest inspectors and police would carry out inspections of forest resources from April to June 15. The crackdown would target illegal logging and poaching.