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2011-01-20 13:25:39

A Chinese conservation official said on Wednesday that China is extending its so-called panda diplomacy agreement with the U.S., which would allow giant pandas to stay at the National Zoo in Washington for another five years. "This is a great opportunity ... to advance our friendship," Zang Chunlin, secretary-general of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, told reporters. A signing ceremony to extend the just-completed decade-long agreement was to take place Thursday at the zoo....

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2009-11-09 10:16:57

Spending a little time apart seems to have reawakened the affections of a male and female panda that will hopefully lead to a new baby. This is the advice a panda expert sent by China to Taiwan gave to persuade the mating of two pandas given by Beijing to represent the two countries' increasing friendship. After examining the pandas at the Taipei Zoo on Sunday, Chinese expert Zhang Hemin recommended separating the pandas for a month or two to increase the amorous feeling required for...

2009-04-01 13:08:36

A major Taiwan newspaper printed an April Fools' Day prank Wednesday that claimed two pandas received as a gift from mainland China were disguised forest bears. The Taipei Times claimed the latest friction between Taiwan and China centered on Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, a pair of pandas given to the Taipei Zoo as a gift from China, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Taipei Zoo official Connie Liu was quoted in the hoax story as saying she became suspicious after the pandas, a species famous...

2009-02-15 00:50:03

A pair of pandas sent from China to a zoo in Taiwan enjoyed their first outside trip Saturday on Valentine's Day. Some couples came to the zoo with bouquets of red roses to mark the occasion, Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency reported. Visitors said the pandas appeared to be enjoying their outdoor enclosure, which features hilly areas, a waterfall and grass and trees to simulate the pandas' native environment. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan arrived in Taipei in late December and went on...

2008-12-23 11:45:00

Two giant 4-year-old pandas named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were settling in Tuesday at their new home in Taiwan after leaving mainland China. The pandas were moved by truck and plane from a breeding compound in southwestern Sichuan Province to the Taiwan Zoo in Taipai, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported. Images of the popular pair already decorate book and department stores and public transportation terminals. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan are expected to draw an estimated 6 million...

2007-08-04 05:31:11

BEIJING (AP) - China will fly a pair of giant pandas to Spain next month, state media reported Saturday, following through on a goodwill gesture promised during a visit by Spanish King Juan Carlos to Beijing earlier this year. The pair, seven-year old "Bing Xing" and four-year old "Hua Zui Ba" will be flown from their home in the southwestern city of Chengdu to Madrid on Sept. 8 by chartered plane for a ten-year stay, the Xinhua News Agency said. The pair are due to go on display two weeks...

2006-03-23 08:03:52

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian told China on Thursday to drop the idea of giving the island a goodwill gift of a pair of pandas, saying they would not be happy. "A-bian sincerely urges the Chinese leaders to leave the giant pandas in their natural habitat, because pandas brought up in cages or given as gifts will not be happy," Chen wrote in a weekly electronic newsletter, using his nickname. China and Taiwan have been diplomatic and military rivals since their...

2006-01-06 02:35:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- China offered two pandas to Taiwan on Friday as a token of peace, but in the same breath accused President Chen Shui-bian of ratcheting up tensions with his support of formal independence for the self-ruled island. Chen signaled a tougher stance toward China in his New Year speech, warning his people of investment risks on the mainland and what he saw as the growing military threat from the island's political foe. China considers Taiwan part of its territory and...

2005-09-27 04:35:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese scientists will use satellite technology to peep on the sexual antics of China's highly endangered giant pandas, Xinhua news agency said. The $660,000 joint project between two Chinese and U.S.-based zoological institutes would use global positioning (GPS) to keep an eye on giant pandas and their mating behavior deep in the wilds of a nature reserve in central Shaanxi province. "Tracking them with advanced technology and observing their sex activities...

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2005-05-03 09:30:49

BEIJING (AFP) - Big, clumsy and unable to speak any foreign language, pandas would not appear to make great diplomats -- but that has not prevented them playing a starring role in Chinese foreign policy. China wrote another chapter in the history of panda diplomacy Tuesday, when it announced its willingness to present two giant pandas to Taiwan as a goodwill gesture. The move, timed to coincide with the departure of Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan after an eight-day visit, echoed earlier...


Latest Panda diplomacy Reference Libraries

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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