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Chinese Ambassador Visits Giant Panda Cub in Washington, D.C
   2016-01-08 19:27:46    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai (right) takes picture with giant panda cub "Bei Bei" during his visit to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. on January 7, 2016. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai visited the giant panda cub "Bei Bei" on Thursday at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C.

"Bei Bei" is the third cub born in the zoo after "Tai Shan" was born in 2005 and "Bao Bao" in 2013.

Cui said the giant pandas played an important role in promoting communication between the Chinese and American peoples and boosting joint efforts in wildlife protection.

"I believed pandas have promoted the friendship between the Chinese and American peoples. People in Washington D.C. and elsewhere in America like pandas very much, especially the children. Pandas have been playing an effective role as an ambassador."

National Zoo spokesperson Devin Murphy agreed with Cui and said Americans like to watch "panda cam", an online video program recording giant panda's life offered by the National Zoo.

"The pandas are very popular. There has been a huge following of 'Bei Bei' and 'Bao Bao' both when they were born. We have had more than 5 million plays of the panda cam since 'Bei Bei' was born. And we had a lot of interest in him."

Cui also expressed hopes that China-U.S. relations can further improve in 2016 through communication channels like so-called "panda diplomacy".

The 4-month-old panda cub is now in good condition and will meet the public on January 16.

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