Pandas are the gentler face of Chinese soft power. There was previously debate amongst the Chinese if the panda should replace the dragon as representative of Chinese identity. However, rise of the panda never resonated as well as rise of the dragon. In any case…
Panda diplomacy meant to celebrate two decades of diplomatic ties between Singapore and China back in 2010 is finally going to be realised end 2012. Singapore is to be the seventh country to receive a panda on loan from China.
Capitaland, a Singapore developer that has huge inroads into the Chinese property market will be sponsor over a ten year period for facilitaties such as a climate-controlled enclosure, 8,000m2 of bamboo and breeding programmes.
For more, see Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘Pandas should arrive by year-end’ and Straits Times ‘Panda exhibit featuring Kai Kai and Jia Jia to open in December’ (August 15, 2012)
And here’s a reaction from an influential blogger from Singapore, Mr Brown.
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Pandas from China to arrive by year-end
By Kristine Lim
Source – Channel News Asia, published July 6, 2012
SINGAPORE: A pair of giant pandas from China will arrive in Singapore by the end of the year. The pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, will be on loan to Singapore for 10 years, to foster good ties between the two countries.
This was confirmed after the 9th meeting of the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation in Suzhou, co-chaired by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and China Vice Premier Wang Qi Shan.
DPM Teo and Mr Wang also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding with respect to the scope of banking services under the China-Singapore FTA.
The Suzhou government and Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry will also work on enhancing software transfer.
DPM Teo is on the last day of a three-day visit to China.