Cuddly calling card spreads goodwill
Germany was buzzing in late June with news that a long-awaited giant panda pair had arrived at the Berlin Zoo. The zoo had been without a panda since the death of Bao Bao five years earlier, and panda mania gripped the nation as the public waited to see Meng Meng and Jiao Qing.
On July 5, the day before the new $10 million Chinesethemed enclosure would open, the zoo held a welcoming ceremony for the pandas. Visiting President Xi Jinping toured the enclosure with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel was overjoyed with the arrival of the “special envoys”, telling Xi they were a “symbol of the relationship between our two countries”. How right she was. “Panda diplomacy” has
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Itisestimatedthatthree outof100teenagersinthe capitalareoverweight,and thenumberisrising.
Obesity is a growing concern for Chinese health authorities.
Three decades ago, few people in China were over- been around for years.
In February 1972, US president Richard Nixon traveled with his wife, Pat, and adviser Henry Kissinger to Beijing to meet Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, dramatically ending Washington’s diplomatic cold shoulder toward New China. Beijing, to underscore its goodwill toward the United States, sent two giant pandas to Washington the following month.
It’s a gesture that China has often repeated in various countries.
In March, for instance, two pandas were sent to the Netherlands. Fourteen foreign countries now have giant pandas, sent as a token of friendship by the People’s Republic.
It’s such a heartwarming diplomatic gesture, you have to wonder why other countries haven’t followed suit.
Sure, after the National Zoo in Washington received the gift in 1972, Nixon reciprocated by sending a pair of Alaskan muskoxen to China. weight. As the economy improved after reform and opening-up, changes in food and beverage consumption habits have led to a rise in obesity.
The problem is rampant in big cities such as Beijing.
Recent data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the obesity rate in the capital was 25.9 percent, compared with the national average of 11.9 percent.
The center defined “overweight” adults as those with But it’s not the same.
A muskox just doesn’t say “Greetings from the US”.
For that you’d need the bald eagle, the US national bird, as seen on dollar bills, or the American bison, the national mammal.
Most countries have a designated national animal, such as Russia’s Eurasian brown bear or India’s Bengal tiger. Some chose birds, like France’s Gallic rooster and Colombia’s Andean condor, and some reptiles, like Indonesia’s Komodo dragon.
One could imagine a pair of any of these creatures serving as a diplomatic greeting card to a foreign country.
Still, the panda seems to have an inexplicable universal charm.
In the excitement leading up to the arrival of Xing Ya and Wu Wen at Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands, de Volkskrant newspaper in Amsterdam published an explanation of the phenomenon.
According to de Volks- a body mass index between 25 and 30, and those with a BMI of 30 or more as “obese”.
To reduce student obesity, boarding schools in the capital have been banned from selling soft drinks in cafeterias, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning said.
Pilot healthy cafeterias have been established in 59 schools.
About 20 percent of students in primary, middle and high schools in Beijing are overweight, according to a krant, human beings are psychologically wired to feel tenderness for pandas.
It’s called the “baby effect”. As with human infants, the pupils of a panda’s eyes appear proportionately too big.
“The panda’s eye patches, moreover, sit just right, with the corner of the eye lower, a shape that people associate with supplication and subservience,” the newspaper quoted psychologist Mariska Kret of Leiden University as saying. “Turn them the other way around and you get an angry looking face.”
Add the round ears, small snout and head that looks proportionately too big, de Volkskrant added, and it’s like a baby, huggable.
I can’t imagine saying that about a bald eagle.
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survey by the city health commission. Among obese children, about 30 percent also suffer from high levels of blood sugar and fat.
A contestant performs at the women’s 20-meter high diving event at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, at the weekend.