Pandas are an important diplomatic symbol in the U.S.-China relationship. Bao Bao is only the second surviving cub born at the Smithsonian National Zoo since the first pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, arrived in April 1972 to commemorate President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China. Over 20,000 people visited the pandas the first day they were on display, and an estimated 1.1 million visitors came to see them the first year they were in the United States. Since then, pandas have been sent and loaned to the United States as a gesture of good will, to the delight of panda fans all over the world.
Bao Bao’s birthday celebration will take place today at the National Zoo from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Secretary Kerry traveled to China today. These bowls commemorate our very important relationship. The bowl on the top was created in 1784 to mark the United States’ first trade mission to China. The bowl on the bottom was created in 2008 to celebrate the opening of our new Embassy in Beijing. These images are courtesy of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.
Together, China and the United States account for more than 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions which means that we can have the biggest impact on slowing climate change. Read more in Secretary Kerry’s Op-Ed on ThinkProgress.
Secretary Kerry delivers remarks at the opening sessions of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Yang Jiechi, and Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yang at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on July 10, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/07/211773.htm
China and the U.S. will continue to set the example as the two most powerful economies, the two countries with the greatest global reach, and the greatest ability to able to affect the outcome of a life on this planet.
Secretary Kerry at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, July 10, 2013