Changing China

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Panda Diplomacy: China’s goodwill pandas ready for Australia mission

November 19, 2009

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A tough time for trade and diplomatic ties between China and Australia, but the loan of this cuddly couple may repair the rift.
Wang Wang and Fu Ni, from China’s southwest Sichuan province, will be sent to the Adelaide zoo by yearend in a 10-year loan for research purposes.
Relations have been tense between China and Australia¬†after Chinese state-owned metals firm Chinalco failed in a $19.5 billion bid for a stake in Rio Tinto, and separately four Rio employees were arrested on suspicion of corporate espionage. A decision by Australia’s government in July to grant a visa for exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer further soured ties. But panda diplomacy may be answer.

Video Credit: Guan Yongning


Panada is the precious of China, and now become the symbol of friendship. Wish we have a peaceful world.


Interesting that China’s using all kinds of “____ diplomacy” lately, from panda diplomacy to art diplomacy, like we saw when Beijing recently lent a collection of imperial works for exhibition in Taipei. Who knows where it’ll all lead…jingdaily dot com


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