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S’pore welcomes resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia [Straits Times]


2,000 miles onboard a Singapore Airlines flight and Sino-Singapore panda diplomacy will be set in place/exerted for the next ten years. Will it help defuse some of the anti-Chinese vitriol on an increasingly compact island-state?

Caricature: Singapore’s local Orang Utans rubbing in the anti-foreign talent spiel to the Chinese pandas. Source – by Ching Choon Hiong, The New Paper, Singapore

 

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S’pore welcomes resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Photo Gallery
by Jessica Lim
Source – Straits Times, published September 7, 2012

Airside crew securing the cage holding Jia Jia who was loaded after Kai Kai on board the Singapore Airlines cargo plane at the tarmac of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Cargo Terminal. — ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Unveiling of pandas Kai Kai (left) and Jia Jia (right) before VIPs and media on the tarmac of Freighter Bay 509 on Sept 6, 2012. They flew over 2,000 miles via Singapore Airlines Cargo from Chengdu to their new home in Singapore. — ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Please click here to access the full gallery at Singapore’s national broadsheet.

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