Punch-up over giant pandas divides Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – China’s latest round of panda diplomacy has triggered a row in linguistically divided Belgium – leaving Dutch speakers angry that two loaned bears will go to a zoo in the French-speaking region. China offered to lend the giant pandas during a visit by French-speaking Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo this week. The bears – prized for their ability to draw in thousands of visitors – will go to Pairi Daiza, a wildlife park in the French-speaking region of Wallonia, not far from Di Rupo’s home. …

September 12, 2013 1:23 am

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