Washington’s pandas may bear the brunt of the China trade war

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Washington’s pandas may bear the brunt of the China trade war

The problems is that DC's bears are on a lease that is about to expire, and Beijing will be wanting them back

Rozina Sabur

Washington’s National Zoo may be left without any giant pandas amid fears that Donald Trump’s trade war with China could see the animals used as a political tool.

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda bears are one of the main draws for its two million annual visitors, but the current lease of its two adults, male Tian Tian and female Mei Xiang, is due to expire in 2020.

The zoo’s only other panda, Bei Bei, turned four this month – the age when pandas fully mature and are able to breed – and will be sent back to China within the next few months under a prior agreement...

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