Giant pandas as political pawns?American politicians have no limits!

2022-06-14 0 By

Giant panda Mei Xiang at the National Zoo in Washington.(photo: the New York times), local time on February 14, according to the New York times, the U.S. house of representatives, republican senator Nancy mace has launched a proposal in congress, “was born in the United States to stop” being sent back to China, said the move is to send a message to China: the giant panda should not be used for window display.In February 1972, during then-US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China, China presented two giant pandas to the United States as a gesture of friendship among the Chinese people.Fifty years later, the us politicians’ “anti-China syndrome” has reached its peak when they took up the cuddly panda as a topic of conversation.But there is no limit to how imaginative American politicians can be.Since the arrival of the first pair of giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-hsing, 50 years ago, pandas have enjoyed huge popularity in the United States and become a symbol of friendly exchanges between China and the United States.How much do Americans love pandas?In March 2019, the San Diego Zoo announced that Bai Yun, a giant panda who had been living in the United States for more than 20 years, would return to China with her 6-year-old son xiao Liwu.The news sparked huge interest in the United States, with thousands of People visiting zoos to bid farewell to Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu, and there was an outpouring of sadness on social media.When American-born panda Bao Bao made her debut at the National Zoo in Washington in 2014, people in the US drove nine hours just to see her.Even the New York Times could not deny pandas’ popularity in the US, saying that “Pandas benefit US zoos by bringing in more people and revenue”.In attempting to hijack the cuddly panda as a political bargaining chip, some US politicians’ “imagination” has gone beyond the “frame” of normal people’s thinking and added a new dimension to the “anti-China farce” frequently staged in Washington.At the university of California, San Diego, Susan Shirk, director of the center for China in the 21st century (Susan Shirk), said in an interview with the New York times if mace’s bill is passed, could damage the panda lovers from all over the world, the “mutually beneficial” cooperation between the “breeding pandas should be conducted on the basis of science”, “rather than regard it as a bargaining chip”.Not only in the United States, but also around the world, people love pandas, and their image as “messengers of friendship” has long been deeply rooted in people’s hearts.Those US politicians who have gone all the way down the anti-China road may never see this.(Nie Shuyi) overseas network copyright works, shall not be reproduced without authorization.