The United States and China should cooperate to address the issue of illegal slaughter and trafficking of wildlife, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert Hormats said Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Hormats said that both the United States and China are big importers of wildlife products and in order to address the issue of illegal slaughter and trafficking of wildlife, a partnership between the two governments was required.
"Our two countries have the opportunity to be global leaders and address this challenge, and we both have responsibility along with other countries," Hormats said.
Hormats, who had a conversation with Chinese State Forestry Administration, said it was "very constructive" and that he had been impressed by China in addressing its wildlife conservation issues at home.
On cracking down on illegal activities of wildlife slaughter and trafficking in Africa and some other parts of the world, Hormats said the U.S. side was trying to raise people's awareness, get greater visibility among governments and train more enforcement officers and people in the judicial system.
For many people in Africa and elsewhere, wildlife is an very important source of tourism and very important part of economy, Hormats said, urging enhanced international efforts for wildlife conservation.
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