Mar 7, 2014
Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations
Posted on Dec 3, 2013
Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.
That would be “Panda Diplomacy.” Let’s let CNN walk us through the history to give this latest moment the full force of its import:
Little Bao Bao, whose gender was still unknown at press time, represents a joint effort between the U.S. and China, and thus, as Michelle Obama explains below, functions “as a symbol of the growing connections between our two countries.”
“Many people love baby pandas as they love their own children,” Peng Liyuan cheerfully (and somewhat alarmingly) alleges in her own tribute video below.
Soft-focus power, expertly wielded.
—Posted by Kasia Anderson
Previous item: Colbert Has a Better Idea for Amazon Than Delivery Drones
New and Improved Comments