They’re cute, cuddly and one of China’s most instantly recognisable symbols. The humble panda is loved the world over.
They’ve become a tourist attraction, generating huge revenues each year. And a diplomatic tool, doled out by China to countries in exchange for favourable trade deals.
But with efforts to boost the wild population facing numerous challenges, are pandas destined to survive only in captivity as cute national symbols?
101 East ventures deep into the mountains of northwest China and joins the search for the elusive wild panda.
China and South Korea have signaled they would take a stand against North Korea if it conducted another nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile test, according to reports.
China’s state-owned newspaper, Global Times, has unconfirmed reports that China’s army had sent 150,000 troops to the border with North Korea and that South Korea was conducting military drills in the border area.
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Rex Tillerson says US has ‘spoken enough’ about hermit state as Donald Trump prepares to meet Pyongyang’s ally Xi Jinping
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, sending a clear message to its ally China ahead of the first summit between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida on Friday.
Japan called the test “extremely problematic”, while the South Korean foreign ministry said it “threatens the peace and safety of the international community as well as the Korean peninsula”.
However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a “terse response… unlike the standard diplomatic condemnations that usually follow Pyongyang’s missile tests”, CNN says.
“The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Tillerson said.
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The Dalai Lama has come face to face with an Indian soldier who guarded him almost 60 years ago as he fled from Tibet to exile in India.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, 81, met Naren Chandra Das, 79, as he paid a visit to northeast India.
“Looking at your face, I now realise I must be very old too,” he said.
He first met the guard in 1959 after a gruelling two-week trek across the mountains from Lhasa, after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
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Transnational organized crime groups rake in up to US$ 2.2 trillion per year according to a new study released Monday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington DC-based research and advisory group.
“Transnational crime is a business, and business is very good,” Channing May, the author of the report, said in a press release.
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“We hope that all parties can work together (to reduce tensions)” he added. “It’s just common sense that no one wants to see chaos on his doorstep.”
China is a key ally of North Korea, and has long called for more dialogue between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington. Last week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for North Korea to suspend its nuclear weapons program and warned that “the two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other.”
Continue reading China’s Premier on N. Korea: ‘No one wants to see chaos on his doorstep’