Author: MOS Translation Group – GBW

Everyone loves giant pandas. Not only do people go to the zoo to see pandas, but they also like to watch the movie Kung Fu Panda. Many people who travel to China bring back stuffed pandas as gifts. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) also uses the panda as its logo. The panda is synonymous with cuteness, and the panda brand is a very successful marketing of the Communist Chinese government. Pandas enhance the friendship between the world and the Chinese people. However, when it comes to pandas, I have mixed feelings. In this article, we take a cold-eyed look at the panda and tell the little-known story behind the cute animal.

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The panda has become a national treasure of China and an ambassador because it is so precious. It is estimated that there are only over 1,800 wild pandas left in the world, and nearly 600 pandas in captivity, located in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu regions of China, as well as in zoos in 20 countries around the world. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began panda diplomacy in the 1950s by sending pandas to zoos around the world. When Nixon visited China in 1972, Mao Zedong gave two giant pandas, Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, to the United States. Countries that still have pandas today include Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Mexico, and Canada — these are quite rich countries with high GDP. On the contrary, North Korea, Pakistan, Iran, and Venezuela, which are the “closest brothers” of the CCP, currently do not have pandas. Neither do the zoos of African countries. Is the CCP discriminating against its poorer brothers?

As the panda is so precious, if the CCP offers you a panda, will you take it? Maybe you will say no because you can’t afford to keep it. Congratulations, you are right. A giant panda eats 16 hours a day, consumes 40 kilograms of fresh bamboo, and poops 50 times on average each day. So it takes a lot of human and financial resources to take care of them. It’s not just the cost of feeding, but other expenses as well. From the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s administration, the pandas have not been given away for free but leased. For example, to lease a giant panda, you pay up to $1 million per year in rent, and $1 million per year in insurance premiums, with the Communist China regime as the insurance beneficiary. In addition, zoos spent huge amounts of money to build homes for pandas. For example, the Copenhagen Zoo spent $24 million in 2019 to build enclosures for two pandas. However, you don’t have to worry about such capital expenditures, as many foreign zoos have private donations. After receiving the pandas, the zoos’ ticket sales usually go up significantly. If a giant panda has a baby, the zoo has to pay the annual rent on the baby panda as well, and the baby has to be returned to China by the age of four. Remember, when the popular baby panda “Tarzan” in Washington DC Zoo was sent back to China, it broke the hearts of many American children. In early 2019, when the U.S.-China trade war was in full swing, the panda lease of San Diego Zoo was not renewed and the panda ambassador was sent back to China. Therefore, it is inappropriate for the CCP to tell the Chinese people that it is giving away pandas to friendly foreign countries; rather, panda ambassadors are on loan for big paychecks.

Baby panda “Tarzan”. Source

Have you ever bought a zoo ticket to see a panda ambassador from China? Have you ever noticed that you have been successfully influenced by panda diplomacy when you watch the panda’s every move with love? When people associate the CCP with cute pandas, they will naturally develop a good impression of the CCP. When the CCP does evil, you will brush the news aside. For example, when Dr. Limeng Yan told you that COVID-19 is an unrestricted bioweapon made by the CCP, did you find it unbelievable? How can the lovely panda nation have a government that makes Frankenstein? And who would associate the panda ambassador to the Trojan Horse?

The scary thing is that the CCP gives the panda Trojan Horse to other countries all the time. Such gifts are not sincere or genuine, but with many strings attached. For developed countries, like the US, the CCP opened up the huge Chinese market to NBA and Hollywood. Unknowingly, NBA and Hollywood began to be censored by the CCP. Any NBA player or Hollywood movie star who tries to defend the freedom of the Hong Kong people or the human rights of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, he/she will be coerced by the CCP to make a public apology on TV. Otherwise, they will be shut out of the Chinese market. As a result, a few people in the NBA and Hollywood make money, while freedom of speech in the US is being eroded by the CCP. The CCP’s “Panda Trojan Horse” for developing countries is quite similar to the “Belt and Road” initiative. On the surface, the CCP builds infrastructure projects in developing countries, but the recipient has to take on a heavy loan. Once the loan cannot be repaid, the CCP takes away the project, like important ports and mineral resources. In the end, only the corrupt officials of the “Belt and Road” countries fatten their wallets, while the people get nothing. It is better not to take the Panda Trojan Horse from the CCP.

You may say, “don’t politicize the pandas, after all, it makes sense to protect them. The money spent on leasing them has been used on panda conservation, otherwise, they would have become extinct.” Now, let’s take a “cold-eyed look” at the issue of panda conservation.

Giant panda’s reproduction has been a challenge for the conservationist. Many people think that giant pandas are not interested in sex compared to other bear species. There is a joke that giant panda keepers have tried to show pandas porn movies. In fact, the panda’s disinterest in sex is a phenomenon that occurs entirely in captivity. Scientists have found that pandas in the wild environment have no problem at mating and producing babies, with females giving birth to a baby panda every two years. Female pandas in the wild are more selective in choosing mates. For each female giant panda, it takes an average of ten blind dates to hit on one. Female pandas in captivity do not have as many male pandas to choose from, plus the panda estrus period is very short, less than a month per year. So simply paring pandas in captivity will not produce babies. Sometimes, the male and female will fight if they don’t like each other. The reproduction of pandas in captivity is done through artificial insemination. Even if the pandas mate naturally in captivity, the staff will still inseminate the panda to make sure it gets pregnant. This is why people wrongly get the impression that pandas cannot reproduce on their own.

In fact, to allow pandas to breed more, restoring a suitable habitat for pandas would be sufficient. Historically, pandas lived in most areas of China, including the vast area south of the Yangtze River. They were very common animals. The cause of the sharp decline of the panda population is the loss of habitat. There are now 67 giant panda nature reserves in Communist China, and more than half of all wild pandas live in these reserves. The CCP says the area of panda nature reserves has doubled in the last few decades. But when you think about it, has the total area of officially designated panda nature reserves, plus other panda habitats, increased or decreased? The author did not find this data. China’s urbanization is evident to all, and I suspect that habitats suitable for pandas are unlikely to increase significantly. Another noteworthy statistic is that as of 2018, only 11 pandas bred in captivity had been released back into nature over the years, a rather small number, compared to the more than 50 pandas that are born in captivity each year. Why are there so few pandas released back into nature? I suspect that the limited panda habitat would not be able to accommodate so many pandas. In the end, the solution to restoring the panda population is to restore more natural habitats for pandas.

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The CCP’s approach to protecting pandas is very much in line with the CCP’s approach to China, that is, the Party leads everything, controls the sky, the land, the air, and the genitals. However, the CCP just refuses to give back the free environment that people are yearning for. In fact, as long as the CCP disappears, the Chinese people will do very well on their own. For example, during a period of reform and opening up, the free market was encouraged. The CCP interfered a little less in people’s lives, and the Chinese economy immediately became alive. In a democratic country, the government’s role is not to micro-manage, but to maintain a free environment with fair rules, leaving the rest to the market and individuals.

Giant pandas and Chinese people seem to share similar suffering. No one in the world should want to live like a giant panda, a tool of the CCP and its life being managed by the CCP in every way. Pandas may face discrimination because of their association with the CCP. However, what happened to the panda is not its fault. Pandas are victims of the CCP. It is unfair to equate the panda with the CCP. Pandas and the Chinese people should not be discouraged.

The Whistleblower Movement and the New Federal State of China will end the CCP soon. The free people in the New Federal State of China will live in peace with the pandas in a new way.

References:

  1. Panda population_https://t.qianzhan.com/caijing/detail/181112-43f882c9.html
  2. Zoos with pandas
  3. Terms of leasing a panda
  4. Copenhagen Zoo and pandas
  5. Historic habitat of pandas
  6. Pandas returning to nature_https://zhidao.baidu.com/daily/view?id=224024

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