Nov 21, 2014
A recent report by the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) alleges Chinese diplomats and officials are directly involved in the ivory trade in Africa. Most damaging, the EIA reports that even some members of visiting Chinese president Xi Jinxing's delegation smuggled dozens of kilos of ivory back after an official state visit to Tanzania in March 2013. If true, the optics of such allegations are terrible and go a long way to undermine China's soft-power diplomacy initiatives. However, our guest this week, journalist and Chinese CSR activist Huang Hongxiang of China House in Kenya, says these stories are often much more complex then they are portrayed.