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Wednesday
Jan192011

POTUS Toasts US-China Relationship, Announces Panda Agreement

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Raising his glass to President Hu and the Chinese delegation at the state dinner capping Wednesday’s events, President Obama gave a warm and fuzzy example of progress made in the U.S.-China relationship: pandas.

“Today, we’ve shown that our governments can work together, as well, for our mutual benefit,” Obama said Wednesday evening in the State Dining Room. "And that includes this bit of news: Under a new agreement, our National Zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas."

Under the new agreement, pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will continue to stay in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for another five years. Both pandas were on loan from China under an original agreement for a 10-year stay that ended in December.

Speaking more broadly of the relationship, the president said that while sometimes it is easy to focus only on the differences of cultural or perspective, he hopes both countries never will forget their shared values -- “a reverence for family; the belief that, with education and hard work and with sacrifice, the future is what we make it; and most of all, the desire to give our children a better life."

With that, the president raised his glass and toasted the people of China and the United States.

“May they grow together in friendship,” Obama said. “May they prosper together in peace.  And may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children and for their grandchildren.”

Hu raised his glass to “the health of President and Mrs. Obama; to the health of all friends present here; to the stronger friendship between the people of China and the United States; and to the steady growth of China-U.S. relations.”

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