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Panda NationThe Construction and Conservation of China's Modern Icon$
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E. Elena Songster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199393671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199393671.001.0001

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Olympic Pandas, Trojan Pandas, and the Science behind Soft Diplomacy

Olympic Pandas, Trojan Pandas, and the Science behind Soft Diplomacy

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(p.152) 8 Olympic Pandas, Trojan Pandas, and the Science behind Soft Diplomacy
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Panda Nation
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E. Elena Songster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199393671.003.0009

After China ceased its practice of giving panda pairs as state gifts, it began a short-term loan program. This evolved into long-term scientific loans. The whole time the concept of panda diplomacy persisted even as it shifted and transformed. Concerns about the giant panda as a species and the environment more generally were undercurrents to all discussions and exchanges. The environment remained present when China made a dramatic and controversial giant panda gift offer to the island of Taiwan. This chapter examines the various ways that panda diplomacy evolved and the increasing integration of environmental issues with panda politics.

Keywords:   Short-term loan, Scientific Exchange, CITES, Taiwan, Trojan panda, Endangered species, Zoo, KMT (Kuomintang), DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), Chen Shui-pien, Ma Ying-jeou

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