By Di Bai.
Prince William criticised the illegal wildlife trade in China on Monday. He launched a fierce attack on China’s ivory industry and the “ignorant craving” for supposed cures and trinkets.
He described the illegal wildlife trade as “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today.”
Potentially, Prince William, who is due to go to China early next year, risked a diplomatic row with Beijing. “Some endangered species are now literally worth more than their weight in gold.”
The Duke is to visit China next year and is also expected to bring up the issue of illegal wildlife trade during the trip. According to the China Daily newspaper, the duke will promote “UK-China relations, people to people links, and in support of his work to combat the illegal wildlife trade and support wildlife conservation.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lei Hong replied, “The government has promulgate a series of laws and regulations to crack down on smuggling and illegal trade in ivory. We hope that the efforts we make should be objectively charged by other countries.”
On Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, there are no discussions about the speech made by Prince William, while the most popular news about William is that he is going to watch the NBA games live for the first time.
“There is no such a big deal about it, I don’t care. I don’t think that speech can risk a diplomatic row with China. China faces with all kinds of criticisms all the time, anyway.” Beiyu Shen, a Chinese student studying in the UK said.
“There is not likely to have much impact on the Chinese public, the royal family are popular in China but people don’t care about the speech, the duchess and her famous fashion choices are more likely to become the news in China.” Zhian Zhang, the Chinese professor from Communication and Design School, Sun Yat-Sen University said.