Don’t blame China-Australia row for Great Barrier Reef downgrade threat: Chinese official

A top Chinese official said Sunday that political tensions between Beijing and Australia were not behind a Unesco recommendation to place the Great Barrier Reef on its endangered list.Deputy education minister Tian Xuejun is chairing this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ cultural agency’s heritage committee, which comes after years of worsening relations between China and Australia.The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,300km (1,400 miles), has been put on a list of World Heritage sites…


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