Chinese Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Dr. Liu Xianfa's participation at the Giants Club Summit and Ivory Burning

On April 28th and 29th, 2016, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Dr. Liu Xianfa attended the Giant’s Club Summit in Kenya as China’s representative to the Summit and highlighted China’s position in wildlife protection and conservation.

Ambassador Liu Xianfa read the letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping describing the “great importance” the Chinese president attaches to the summit and affirming China’s continued support. He expressed China’s appreciation for Kenya’s unrelenting efforts in wildlife protection. He said China will enhance collaboration with Kenya and the international community to improve wildlife cooperation.

The Ambassador met with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet secretaries of Foreign Affairs and International trade (Amina Mohamed), Environment (Judi Wakhungu), Tourism (Najib Balala), CEO of Space for Giants (Dr. Max Graham) and other stakeholders to present Chinese policies and stand on wildlife conservation. He said wildlife protection is urgent and China is determined more than ever to illegal wildlife trade and introduced progress that has been made between China and Kenya and with the rest of Africa in fighting this vice. President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials at the summit expressed thanks to Chinese president Xi Jinping for China’s sustained support and various initiatives that have been heightened in recent years.

On April 30th, 2016, Ambassador Liu witnessed the largest ivory burn in history, which is also the fourth time in Kenya followed the burning of a total of 32 tons of ivory in 1989, 2011 and 2015, at the Nairobi National Park with 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn went to flames. In President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks during the burning ceremony, he thanked China, America, Thailand, UAE, and other countries for their continued support to Kenya’s wildlife protection.

President Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Ali Bongo (Gabon) attended the events as founding members of Giants Club and former New Zealand Prime Minister and current administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, Ms Helen Clarke, UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary General of United Nations, Mr. Ibrahim Thaw and CITIES Secretary General, Mr. John E. Scanlon and representatives from the US, France, Russia, Ethiopia and other countries presented at the Giants Club summit and the ivory burning ceremony.

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