Yao Ming, Chinese basketball star and Wild Aid Ambassador, with northern white rhinos at the Ol-Pejetta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya, on August 11, 2012. The Chinese government’s recent decision to reverse its ban on rhino and tiger products sparked an international outcry. The government then announced that the implementation of the new policy would be delayed. Photo: AFP
Peter J. Li
Opinion

Opinion

Peter J. Li

China’s tug of war over tiger and rhino protection: did Trump’s trade war influence Beijing’s original decision?

  • Peter J. Li says Sino-US tensions made it easier for China to act on behalf of the country’s wildlife businesses, easing the ban on rhino and tiger products
  • However, international outrage might have convinced the authorities that they had conceded too much to the wildlife industry, prompting a rethink

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Yao Ming, Chinese basketball star and Wild Aid Ambassador, with northern white rhinos at the Ol-Pejetta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya, on August 11, 2012. The Chinese government’s recent decision to reverse its ban on rhino and tiger products sparked an international outcry. The government then announced that the implementation of the new policy would be delayed. Photo: AFP
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