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China must tame its donkey trade for Africa's sake

Smugglers hurt continent's rural poor to meet demand for traditional medicine

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Dong-E-E-Jiao's ejiao in a drugstore in Shanghai: Donkey hides are the source of the gelatin that is the main ingredient for the traditional Chinese medicine.   © Imaginechina/AP

Lauren A. Johnston is an associate professor with the University of Sydney's China Studies Center.

Last year was rough for many Chinese companies due to the country's harsh zero-COVID policies, but not for traditional medicine maker Dong-E-E-Jiao.

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