NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars:
China is the largest foreign holder of American debt...care to guess how much of this is wood products ? (it starts with a capital B
China - illegal imports
A high proportion of China's imports of wood-based products are associated with illegality - here defined as "in conflict with either the letter or intent of the law or otherwise associated with corrupt practice".
Neither the State Foresty Administration nor the Ministry of Commerce appear (willing or) able to take responsibility for the manufacture and trade of illegal wood-based products. The clear and increasing weakness of Beijing relative to local government is a major handicap to both these institutions.
The following percentages are based on those which are estimated in "Which 10 Bilateral Flows Have Most Salience to International Effort Against "Illegal Timber"? They pertain solely to China's (production and imports) in 2007 - other percentages might be approriate in other years or for other importing countries. Indeed, China's imports from any given country are likely to contain a greater proportion of Illegal Timber than any those of other importing country.
China - illegal exports
The table above indicates that 30% -40% of industrial consumption (IRW production + imports) by China's Timber sector might comprise Illegal Timber. In addition to that illegality in raw materials supply, estimates of the Illegal Timber content of China's exports should reflect (a) the extent of fraud in the description of the exported products, (b) compliance with environmental, planning, financial, labour and other regulations pertaining to their manufacture, and (c) composite products might have either a Legal Timber cores and Illegal Timber outer surface or vice versa. Consequently, it would seem reasonable to assume rather more than 40% of China's Timber sector exports comprise Illegal Timber. It would likewise seem reasonable to assume that llegal Timber accounts for more than one quarter of China's Paper sector exports - perhaps more given that the leading manufacturer accounts for much of China's imports of pulp from Indonesia and has been conspicuous as a buyer of Illegal Timber (as pulpwood) grown in China. That enterprise, through its parent group Sinar Mas and with one of China's major petrochemical groups (CNOOC) is promoting the conversion of natural forest in Papua to palm plantations for agro-fuel.
...I could fill several pages, but no one else gives a crap-so I won't get on a soapbox. I just threw a couple things out there for general consumption.
I would have just deleted the OP, another mod can feel free to (I already deleted one similar) but I wanted to throw my $.02 in first on "China wood" for some of you to think about...especially if you are not
working in the US wood industry anymore and wonder why.