panda diplomacy

China’s Live, 24-Hour Panda Cam

The Wall Street Journal’s China Realtime Report draws attention to the Chengdu Panda Base’s newly-launched 24-hour “Panda Cam” website: China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda...

G20: Economy Rescue Trumps Panda Loan

At the G20 summit in Cannes last week, many a hopeful eye was cast towards China. In the midst of a serious economic crisis and after the US firmly stated that IMF funds are off limits, European finance ministers and leaders...

Panda Bears to Britain; Panda Cows to China

Li Keqiang’s visit to the UK this week bore not only business deals amounting to £2.6 billion ($4 billion), but an agreement for two giant pandas to be sent to Edinburgh Zoo. From The Guardian: The pair of seven-year-old...

Panda Diplomacy: China’s Goodwill Gift to Taiwan

China has delivered on its promise to give a pair of giant pandas — a goodwill gift — to Taiwan. From Reuters: Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, whose names said together mean “unite”, will be flown to Taiwan on...

China and Taiwan Expand Accords

Chen Yunlin’s visit to Taipei has ended successfully, with the establishment of new agreements that bring both sides closer. The New York Times reports: Chinese and Taiwanese officials signed agreements on Tuesday...

Taiwan Succumbs To Panda Diplomacy

From Telegraph: Taipei zoo was approved to receive the couple, who are currently refugees from the Sichuan earthquake, a statement from Taiwan’s forestry bureau said. It was not clear when Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan –...

Tokyo’s Panda Dies; A Chance For China Diplomacy?

From Reuters: The last giant panda at Tokyo’s main zoo has died, raising the question of whether Chinese President Hu Jintao might engage in some panda diplomacy when he visits next week. Ling Ling, a 22-year-old male...

Taiwan rejects China’s giant pandas – IOL

From Independent Online (link): Taiwan rejected China’s offer of two giant pandas Friday, fuelling speculation that President Chen Shui-bian feared accepting the animals would weaken Taiwanese vigilance against China’s ambition to reign over the island. The Council of Agriculture’s panda evaluation committee made the ruling after its third meeting on Friday. “Our conclusion is that […]

Attack of the Pandas – Mark Magnier

From the Los Angeles Times (link): Taiwan and China quibble about everything from diplomatic slights and hidden meanings to ancient history and obscure definitions. So perhaps it’s not surprising that they’d argue over two chubby animals that bite each other’s ears and have trouble procreating. China’s latest weapon in its increasingly effective charm offensive against […]

China’s offer of 2 pandas puts Taiwan in a tough spot – Tim Johnson

From Knight Ridder, via San Jose Mercury News (link): The latest weapons in the tussle between China and Taiwan are cuddly and adorable and do little all day but chew bamboo and frolic. China has offered two giant pandas to Taiwan as a goodwill gesture. It has named the two pandas Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, a […]

Anton La Guardia: China’s panda diplomacy rejected

From the Telegraph: Taiwanese officials have said the gift of two giant pandas offered by China as part of a diplomatic charm offensive will be refused. Taiwan fears acceptance would be seen as acknowledging Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China. The officials said that sending the pandas would breach the 1963 Convention on […]



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