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Chinese giant pandas arrive in South Korea

Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 01:25

Two giant pandas from China arrive in South Korea on a 15-year loan.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Two Chinese giant pandas arrive in South Korea from their home in Sichuan Province, China. The pandas, the two-year-old female, Ai Bao, and the three-year-old male, Le Bao, are welcomed at Incheon international airport on March 3, before being transported to their new home at Everland in Yongin. China has been sending their black and white ambassadors abroad in a sign of goodwill since the 1950s as part of what is known as 'panda diplomacy'. The pair, the first to arrive in South Korea in 22 years, will live at their new home on a 15-year loan, as the two countries agreed during a summit in 2014, according to South Korean presidential office. "China's national treasure pandas' coming to South Korea is a good example to show bilateral cooperation for the protection of environment," said South Korean vice minister of environment Jeong Yeon-man. The giant pandas are planned to be under quarantine for a month and will be shown to the public in April 2016.

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Chinese giant pandas arrive in South Korea

Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 01:25