Basic research methods such as employment surveys fail to explore the complex social impact of China’s deepening involvement in the African timber sector, a recent article on Chinese logging companies in Zambia shows. “When studying the benefits of logging to the people, you have to look at the different dimensions that affect them on the scale of a country, a company and a household,” said Louis Putzel, a CIFOR senior scientist participating in a multi-year research project on Chinese trade and investment in Africa…Full Article: AllAfrica Sept 2014

Key Point

  • Chinese companies are particularly interested in purchasing rosewood timber (destined for mainland furniture manufacturers) in Western Province, Zambia.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2014, there have been numerous press reports of illegal Chinese logging in neighboring Mozambique, as well illegal logging of Siamese rosewood in the Mekong region (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand).

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