Chinese language president Xi Jinping has signalled that China might be sending new pandas to america.
Mr Xi made the supply on a go to to California the place he was participating within the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperative (APEC) convention.
Though he didn’t share a lot element concerning the pandas, it was instructed that the subsequent pair would probably be lent to San Diego, California.
It got here after Mr Xi spent four hours with US President Joe Biden at a northern California nation property, holding conferences, lunching and strolling collectively by means of a backyard – one thing that, due to a pressure within the two nations’ relations, was inconceivable not way back.
After the assembly, Mr Biden introduced that direct lines of communication between American and Chinese military forces will be reopened for the primary time in additional than a 12 months.
Throughout a dinner speech with enterprise leaders, Mr Xi dubbed pandas “envoys of friendship between the Chinese language and American peoples”.
He mentioned: “We’re able to proceed our cooperation with america on panda conservation, and do our greatest to satisfy the needs of the Californians in order to deepen the pleasant ties between our two peoples.”
The indication comes after a few of the final big pandas within the US have been despatched again to China.
China has loaned out pandas as gestures of goodwill many instances up to now in what has come to be often known as “panda diplomacy”.
Fashionable China gave its first pair of big pandas to Britain in 1974 and pandas have been first supplied to the US by Beijing in 1972, to the Nationwide Zoo in Washington, forward of the normalisation of bilateral relations.
In October, the Nationwide Zoo introduced that its most up-to-date three pandas – Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their male cub, Xiao Qi Ji, aged 3 – would return to China by 15 November.
Pandas have additionally been loaned from Beijing to different US zoos with proceeds going again to panda conservation programmes.
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