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China Softwood-Log Commodity Chain and Livelihood Analysis: From the Russian Far East to China

By Alexander Sheingauz, Anatoly Lebedev, Natalia Ye Antonova - Microeconomics Division, Economic Research Institute., Bureau for National Outreach Campaign, Microeconomics Division, Economic Research Institute
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China has rapidly become one of the world’s largest importers of wood. The volumes of logs, sawn wood, wood panels, and pulp and paper products shipped to China by producer countries in Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East (RFE), Siberia and other regions have grown especially sharply since China implemented a partial ban on logging in 1998. China’s growing demand for wood products is driving deforestation and illegal logging throughout East Asia and the world. It is also influencing the livelihoods of forest-dependent people in these regions.