China guilty of illegal logging – Greenpeace

Environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday that China should take responsibility for illegal hardwood logging in southeast Asia that supplies raw materials for Chinese exports to the west.
Greenpeace’s China office said China’s timber industry was complicit in the illegal felling of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea’s merbau trees, with logs then smuggled to China and exported as floorboards and furnishings to the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
China’s Foreign Ministry denied claims that the country’s demand for timber was hastening the destruction of southeast Asian forests.

China has a strict system of supervision and management of its timber and timber product imports," ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a regular press briefing on Tuesday.