China’s offer of 2 pandas puts Taiwan in a tough spot – Tim Johnson
From Knight Ridder, via San Jose Mercury News (link):
China has offered two giant pandas to Taiwan as a goodwill gesture. It has named the two pandas Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, a play on the Chinese word “tuanyuan,” which means “reunion.”
Taiwan’s leaders are squirming, looking for a way to postpone or reject the offer without annoying the Taiwanese public. Opinion polls indicate many Taiwanese want the pandas. A decision by Taipei is expected on April 3.