Letzte Aktualisierung: September 24, 2021

Long live China's giant panda – 大熊猫万岁

By Johnny Erling
Ein Bild von Johnny Erling

China's panda diplomacy was made famous by a gift to US President Nixon – or rather, to his wife, Pat Nixon. But pandas have always been Beijing's image carrier and diplomatic tool, even dating back to the Tang Dynasty. However, a specimen of the black and white bears once fell victim to trigger-happy presidential sons.

China's panda, since 1961 the heraldic animal of the world's largest nature conservation organization "World Wide Fund for Nature" (WWF), is no longer threatened with extinction. According to Beijing figures, the black and white bears are multiplying at an ever-faster rate. There are currently almost 2,500 specimens living in the wild and as offspring, enough to preserve the species. The People's Republic is now scoring points for its survival just before the start of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species COP 15 in Kunming. In any case, the panda is China's perfect image carrier.
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