For those who think that they’re “just animals” and that it’s a completely apolitical gift on the part of the People’s Republic of China…well, just look at their names: “Tuan Tuan” and “Yuan Yuan”. In Chinese “Tuan yuan” means reunion.
Anyway, they’ll be quarantined for about a month and are due to make their public debut just before Chinese New Year in late January. The Taipei Zoo in Mucha, where the pandas will be housed, expects a first day turnout of 100,000+ people. I wonder how many will be protesting this “goodwill gift” outside?
Hmm…maybe Taiwan can give a Taiwansese bear back as a gift? It could be named “Free Democracy”.