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04/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jane Goodall: China Plundering African Natural Resources

China's thirst for natural resources including wood and minerals is leading to massive deforestation in Africa and the destruction of crucial wildlife habitat, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has said.

"These areas containing unlogged forests are very desirable to, particularly today, China, with China's desperate effort for economic growth," she told a Capitol Hill briefing attended by House of Representatives science and technology committee chairman Bart Gordon.

"Basically, they have almost exhausted their own supplies (of wood and minerals) so they go to Africa and offer large amounts of money or offer to build roads or make dams, in return for forest concessions or rights to minerals and oil," Goodall, 74, said.

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