Ambassador Cui Met with"Ambassador Panda"



Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai visited the giant panda cub Bei Bei, who is about to make his debut, at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. on January 7, 2016. Accompanied by director of the Zoo Dennis Kelly, Cui watched Bei Bei having his check-up by zoo vets.


Cui said:“In September 2015, the first ladies of China and the US, Professor Peng Liyuan and Mme. Michelle Obama, visited the zoo together and named the newborn panda cub Bei Bei, which means precious treasure. I am very happy to see that Bei Bei is very healthy, energetic and strong. Bei Bei and his sister Bao Bao were born in Washington D.C.. Both of them have been very popular, they brought Chinese and American people closer, contributing to greater mutual understanding between our two peoples. They have played the role as “Ambassador Panda”.


On China-US relations, Cui said:“I hope China-US relations will develop even further and move forward in a healthy and steady way in 2016. It requires efforts from both sides. The year 2016 is the Year of China-US Tourism. It is also the Year of Monkey in Chinese lunar calendar. The most famous monkey in China is The Monkey King (Sun Wukong), He is brave, wise and persistent in pursuing his goals against all odds. Such spirit also works for the development of China-US relations.

"I hope both sides work together to tackle difficulties, remove obstacles and use our wisdom and courage to realize the goal of building a new model of major country relationship," Cui said.

Bei Bei was born in August 2015. He is the third cub born in the National Zoo after Tai Shan in 2005 and Bao Bao in 2013. His parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang arrived in US in 2000. The cub is now in good condition and will meet the public on January 16.


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