Since 1972, pandas on loan from China have been part of zoos in America. But China is changing its attitude and now the panda is political.
Rebecca Grant is president of IRIS Independent Research.
Adult panda bears Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been here on lease to the National Zoo since 2000. The lease was renewed several times, but now, it’s goodbye.
Certainly, we wish the pandas well, but it is obvious American friendship does not matter to Xi Jinping. China’s dictator for life is too busy building new nuclear weapons, assaulting the dollar with his BRICS buddies and ordering up combat air formations near Taiwan.