The UN has given China the green light to bid in a one-off sale of ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) voted in favor of China’s request during a meeting being held in Geneva. China joins Japan as approved buyers of government-owned ivory from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In 2007, Cites authorized the four nations to sell off stockpiles of legally held elephant ivory. In order to gain approval, China had to present evidence to members of the Cites standing committee that it had put in place measures to tackle any illegal domestic sales of ivory. (BBC)

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