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China, Indonesia unite to protect Bali starling

By Zhang Huizhong (People's Daily)

15:55, December 14, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) signed an agreement with Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, on Dec. 12 to carry out comprehensive cooperation in the protection of the Bali starling and other endangered birds.

Cao Jianlin, the deputy director of the ministry who signed the cooperation agreement on behalf of China, said that China is willing to share with Indonesia its experiences and achievements in protecting endangered animals.

The scientists of the two countries will carry out collaborative research in the protection of the Bali starling, and relevant researchers and managers will be encouraged to conduct exchange visits, take short-term training and attend academic seminars.

Bali starlings are exclusive in the island of Bali in Indonesia and are popular pet birds because of their eye-catching appearance, which has made them a prime target for poachers. The Bali starling is a critically endangered species of passerine birds, with a very small wild population.

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