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by the smugglers, Sun said. Busts were made in several locations, which were not disclosed. The case is still under investigation.
Since early this year, 182 smuggling cases involving endangered species have been investigated, the administration said on Monday.
More than 500 tons of endangered animals and animal products were seized, 8.48 t
ons of which was ivory tusks or products made of ivory. In those cases, 171 suspects were detained.
The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivor
y products in 2015 and ended commercial processing and sale of ivory at the end of 2017.
The ban has had significant positive effects, with fewer people purchasing ivory, according to a report j
ointly released last year by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, an NGO that tracks the global trade in wild animals.
“We will strengthen our anti-smuggling efforts, continuing to work with international organizations and depart
ments and allowing no tolerance of those illegal activities,” said Hu Wei, deputy director of the administration.
ival, Tomb-sweeping Day, May Day and Dragon Boat Festival, all saw a marked increase in the number of domestic tourists.
During the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday that ende
d on April 7, the number of domestic tourists reached 112 million, a 10.9 increase year-on-year.
Apart from sightseeing, more Chinese tourists now opt to exp
erience the cultural essence of their destinations by visiting local museums.
Over the past three years, visitors to Chinese museums have been growing by about 100 mi
llion each year, Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, told reporters earlier this year.
During the week-long Spring Festival Holiday in 2019, more than 40 percent of the 415 milli
on domestic tourists visited museums, a report from the China Tourism Academy showed.
A man has been arrested after an incident in west London on Saturday morning. Police f
irearms and Taser were discharged, according to a latest statement released by Metropolitan Police.
According to the statement, police were called at around 8:30 am local time on Saturday, with reports o
f a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park, west London.
“As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were
deployed to this incident,” said the statement, adding that “on arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers.”
Police confirmed that firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested, not injured.
Andy Walker, chief superintendent in the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “as is st
andard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”
“The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 has touc
hed the hearts of the Azerbaijani people, as the restoration of the ancient Silk Road i
s for the benefit of the entire world, and the development and prosperity of all countries,” Hajiyev said.
“The Belt and Road Initiative is not imposing anything on anyon
e, it just provides a framework for mutually beneficial cooperation,” he added. The fundam
ental features of the Belt and Road Initiative are that every country knows how to de
velop in their own way. As China and Azerbaijan have a strong traditional friendship, Hajiyev believes the init
iative will provide immense opportunities to bring China and Azerbaijan closer.
According to Hajiyev, Azerbaijan fully supports the initiative, and
is building new bridges of cooperation and frien
dship. “We are looking forward to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Co
operation at the end of this month, and Azerbaijan will actively participate in this high-level event,” he said.