The Panda Politics

Beijing offered Taiwan the two pandas — Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, which together means “unification” — during former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan’s visit to China in 2005.

However, the arrival of the pandas was delayed because of the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s objections.

China announced that it will send them soon from now, but we don’t know when yet.

Beside the fact that the name of the 2 pandas are considered to be very controversial by a big part of Taiwanese people, it seems that there is a legal concern about these 2 pandas.

As endangered species, pandas are subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

If China decide to send panda(s) to another country, both countries are required to obtain import and export permits from CITES before the delivery of the pandas can be carried out.

Of course, if China decides to move one or more pandas from one province to another, it won’t need any permit.

So what is going on about the 2 pandas China wants to send to Taiwan?

As far as I know, no permit has been delivered yet and it seems that the process is not clear.

Anyway, 2 possibilities:

  • Permits are asked but in that case it means that China acknowledges Taiwan is not part of China
  • No permit is asked and it means that China and Taiwan consider to be part of the same country

I am very curious to know how things will be carried out…

But for now, it seems that it is not a problem at all for some:

  • The Taipei zoo has spent NT$300 million (about USD 9.3 million) building a three-story panda exhibition hall, and budgeted NT$1.02 million every year to purchase bamboo as the pandas eat about 40kg of it every day. I suppose that other maintenance cost will be added on it.
  • Taipei City Government already considered that everything is done by installing a panda display in the city (picture from Taipei Times):

Hum Hum…

 

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5 Responses

  1. wow! nice gesture..tell me as soon china sends the two pandas to taiwan

  2. Friendz: “nice gesture”? Have you read all the post? Not sure…
    😉

  3. it seems so..china sending panda to taiwan?

  4. Yes Rajesh, but I still don’t know the details. It seems it won’t be good for the status of Taiwan

  5. […] Taiwan and China Posted on December 24, 2008 by fvarga Last month, I posted (HERE) about the two pandas “offered” by China to Taiwan, and I mentioned about two possibilities […]

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