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Thursday, January 14, 1999 Published at 21:19 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

China targets illegal logging

Officials in China investigated more than 25,000 cases of illegal logging in the final two months of last year.

A senior forestry official was quoted in the Chinese media as saying that the number of cases reflected a recent clampdown on such crimes, but that illegal logging continued to be a problem.

The Chinese authorities launched a campaign against logging in September, after admitting that excessive deforestation was partly to blame for last year's devastating floods.

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