Chinese president promises pandas to Finland

2017-04-05 20:09
The seven-month-old female Panda bear named Chulina walks besides her mother Huai Zui Ba,in front, at their enclosure at Madrid's Zoo. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

The seven-month-old female Panda bear named Chulina walks besides her mother Huai Zui Ba,in front, at their enclosure at Madrid's Zoo. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)

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Helsinki - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday agreed to send a pair of pandas to Finland, the latest instalment of his country's "panda diplomacy" that makes use of one of China's cutest natural assets to gain international concessions.

After talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, the two countries signed protocols, including finalising an agreement on panda protection as well as sending the pandas to a Finnish nature reserve. Officials have been talking about conditions for sending pandas to Finland since December 2014.

Ahtari Zoo nature reserve said the animals will be loaned for 15 years and are expected to arrive by the end of the year. It said it has also signed an agreement on the research and protection of giant pandas with Chinese panda protection officials.

Niinisto said he was grateful to China for the pandas.


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