China is home to 4.5% of the worlds forests. With only 18% of forested land, compared to the world average of 34%, China is poor in forest resources. Virgin forests account for 1% of its total territory. Its wood stock per inhabitant is around one sixth of world average. The proportion of young and middle-aged forests is of 70 per cent of all secondary growth forests, and the growth stock per forest unit is low.
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