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China sending two pandas to Indonesia to lower diplomatic tensions

Staff Writer |
China is wooing Indonesia with "panda diplomacy" and is expected to deliver a gift of two of the animals next week.

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Indonesian news service Kompas reported the pandas will be taken to the Taman Safari zoo in Bogor, West Java, about two hours outside Jakarta, the capital.

Beijing's foray into soft power comes at a time when tensions have been building between China and Indonesia over Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, Singapore's Straits Times reported.

Indonesia surprised China when it named waters in its Exclusive Economic Zone the North Natuna Sea in July.

Beijing subsequently asked Jakarta to drop the name.

Indonesia is the 15th country to receive a gift of pandas from China, a species that is no longer on the endangered list but remains vulnerable because of climate change.


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