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China's Panda Diplomacy Not a Sign of 'Friendship'

While San Francisco Mayor London Breed's announcement of the city receiving a pair of giant pandas from China suggests a gesture to mend U.S. relations, some experts have questioned the effectiveness of such panda diplomacy. (AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 April 2024 08:23 AM EDT

While China may be signaling that it wants to "repair" relations with the U.S. after San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city would receive a pair of giant pandas, some experts caution against restoring panda diplomacy.

Even though China's practice of sending pandas as diplomatic gifts dates back centuries to the Tang Dynasty, which ruled from 618 through 907, the tradition became prominent in the modern era beginning in the 1950s with Beijing sending 24 pandas to nine different nations as a sign of friendship between 1957 and 1983.

Marisa Herman

Marisa Herman, a Newsmax senior reporter, focuses on major and investigative stories. A University of Florida graduate, she has more than a decade of experience as a reporter for newspapers, magazines, and websites.

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While China may be signaling that it wants to "repair" relations with the U.S. after San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city would receive a pair of giant pandas, some experts caution against restoring panda diplomacy.
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