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2015-05-14 Protection and Development of China's Traditional Medicinal Resources
   2015-05-14 10:37:07    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Heng

A TCM exhibition in Haozhou, East China's Anhui Province, September 9, 2014 [Photo: www.cfp.cn]

China's cabinet, the State Council, released China's first national plan on protection and development of the resources for Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, in late April.

The plan, compiled by a total of 12 government agencies, consists of 7 major goals to be met from the year 2015 to 2020. These goals are aiming at better protection of wild TCM plants, a higher quantity and quality of farmed plants, and a mature pricing mechanism.

According to officials in charge of supervising the plan, the plan comes at a time when over-exploitation is threatening the wild TCM plants and the worsening quality of farmed TCM resources damaging the real effectiveness of TCM.

So, how do analysts assess this plan? How can China find balance between protection and development of TCM resources?

Ni Hao, you're listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

First, People in the Know's Ding Heng speaks to Anastasiya Timoshyna, Medicinal Plants Programme Leader at the UK Office of TRAFFIC, an international wildlife trade monitoring network. Anastasiya has been closely involved in the protection of China's wild TCM plants over the years.

For a further discussion, we are joined by Professor Ma Boying, President of Federation of TCM in the UK.

 
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