China

The Government of China is working out national proposals for the implementation of Agenda 21, the Conventions and the Forest Principles. A special team, sponsored by the National Environmental Protection Agency of China and 12 other ministries and commissions, has been set up to coordinate the activities. A number of current programs were revised to include aspects of the UNCED agreements and the State Planning Commission and the State Commission for Science and Technology have pooled the efforts of 50 departments to compile China's Agenda 21.

An international conference on Regional Science in the Developing Countries was held on 11-14 October 1993 at Peking University to address the subject of urban regional change. Topics discussed at the conference included regional and urban analysis; planning for regional development in the context of national development; multinational corporations; rural industrialization; environmental and resource management, and regional development policy.

The purchase, sale or transport of rhino horns and tiger bones--used in traditional Chinese medicines--was banned in China in June 1993. China, apparently one of the largest markets in the world for tiger and rhinoceros parts, has belonged to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1981.