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HOHHOT, June 22, Xinhua -- Firefighters are struggling to put out two fresh fires in the Greater Hinggan Mountains forests, China's largest, on Monday.

The fire broke out at two sites in the virgin forests in northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday afternoon, said the regional forestry authority.

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CHENGDU, June 3, Xinhua - Three wild snow leopards were caught on camera in a nature reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province, the reserve's administration said on Wednesday.

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BEIJING, June 2 - State Forestry Administration of China and General Administration of Custom of China together destroyed confiscated elephant ivories and products in public at Beijing Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center on May 29, 2015.

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Zhao Shucong (R2), Yu Guangzhou(L2) press the start button and initiate the activity to destroy the confiscated elephant ivory on May 29, 2015.

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WASHINGTON, May 30, Xinhua - The United States remains deeply committed to working together with China and other countries to strengthen the global commitment to combat and end wildlife trafficking, a State Department spokesman said Friday.

State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke made the remark as he lauded China for destroying over 600 kilograms of ivory in Beijing and for its commitment to eventually halt the commercial processing and sale of ivory.

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GENEVA, May 29, Xinhua - Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretary-General John Scanlon told Xinhua on Friday that China's crackdown on illegal ivory trading has sent an unequivocal message both domestically and internationally that the Chinese government does not and will not tolerate this illegal trade.

Beijing destroyed 660 kg of confiscated elephant ivory on Friday, the third public destruction since January 2014, and follows similar initiatives in Dongguan (6,2 tonnes crushed) and Hong-Kong (28 tonnes incinerated).

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