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In banning ivory trade, China saw benefits for itself

Ban has reinforced campaign against graft, galvanised support among African allies, and helped to raise its profile on environmental issues

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Carved ivory is shown to the media before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015. Ivory carving is considered a fine art and cultural tradition in China, and sales on the mainland have thrived for decades.

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CHINA'S vow to shut down its commercial ivory trade by the end of this year was welcomed by environmentalists as a turning point in the fight against poachers. Activists cheered the government's pledge for swift action, and the state-run news media called it a "monumental win for

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