Sounds like the title for a new anime series, doesn’t it? But no, we’re actually talking about the pandas Beijing hopes to send Taiwan’s way later this year. This topic became a little more heated this week with Beijing’s official announcement of the two bears selected for the honor.
(Beijing’s getting much better at the PR game, by stretching this entire production out into extended phases. 1) the ‘selection’ pagent, 2) the ‘naming’ pagent next month… and who knows what else to follow.)
TSU reacted in its predictably hysterical way: news.chinatimes.com/Chinatimes/M … +0,00.html
(my translation) The two pandas that the Chinese mainland has unilaterally decided to send are “unification war cats, unification war animals”. We resolutely oppose any government decision to allow these pandas to arrive in Taiwan. Without government to government negotiations, we can’t allow “political pandas” to enter Taiwanese borders.
I have to add the almost witty comment by the normally Sahara-dry Lien Chan:
Pandas don’t have any blue/green components. Their only two colors are black and white![/quote]