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Merkel and Xi engage in 'panda diplomacy' at Berlin zoo

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 00:54

Germany's Angela Merkel and China's Xi Jinping visit two pandas on loan from China in Berlin zoo ahead of G20 summit. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Two days before the start of the G20 summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel indulged in "panda diplomacy", opening a $10 million Chinese compound in Berlin Zoo for Meng Meng and Jiao Qing - two giant pandas that China is lending to Germany as a token of friendship. President Xi said during an hour-long ceremony that Germany had expressed a wish for the pandas, to which he responded "positively." Xi's visit, a month after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travelled to Berlin to meet Merkel, comes at an extremely sensitive time for big-power relations ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

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Merkel and Xi engage in 'panda diplomacy' at Berlin zoo

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 00:54