On 10 November, a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency says that, in recent years, the Chinese Government has ramped up its promotion of TCM in Africa as a key component of its controversial Belt and Road Initiative; major companies and countless clinics have already been established across the continent and certain retailers plan to establish full supply chains in place, from sourcing to sales. It says that this is a prescription for disaster for some endangered animal species, such as leopards, pangolins and rhinos. Among its findings is that TCM is being further endorsed under national laws in certain African countries, as seen in Namibia and South Africa; and that the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled the Chinese Government to strengthen its promotion of TCM in Africa.
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