Runaway Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood [Dalbergia cochinchinensis] and driving a chain of cross-border corruption and violence, environmentalists said Monday [12 May 2014]. Increasing wealth in China has seen a surge in sales of consumer status symbols such as reproductions of ornate high-end furniture from the Ming and Qing eras…Full Article: AsiaOne May 2014

Key Point

  • Since 2000, China has imported an estimated US$2.4 billion worth of Siamese rosewood from the Mekong area (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand)

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  • Russia is China’s largest timber supplier. However, Canada recently overtook Russia as the top supplier of sawn timber, while New Zealand has emerged as a strong secondary supplier of rough timber

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