Moving on to China, I spoke with representatives from the various Chinese hunting companies, and they were all optimistic about hunting reopening this fall. A positive development in this direction is the appointment of a new Vice Minister of Forestry. Resolving the hunting issue is reportedly one of the first tasks he is to address. In that connection, I was told that the ministry is putting together a scientific research team to go to the hunting areas and collect data on species numbers and the impact of hunting. Apparently, there is no hard data right now to show the Chinese public that hunting has not depleted game populations, but rather helped increase them. Once such data are available, operators believe the Chinese government will be able to get the hunting program back on track. It is probably worth noting that when I asked, all the Chinese operators told me they have already rebooked their booth space for the 2008 SCI Convention.