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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Giant pandas arrive in Indonesia - in pictures

Chinese pandas, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, were taken to their new home in Taman Safari Zoo in Indonesia, where they will live for the next 10 years

Indonesian Customs officers take a self portrait with a worker in panda costume during the arrival ceremony held for a pair of giant pandas from China, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, at Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang. Dita Alangkara / AP Photo
Indonesian Customs officers take a self portrait with a worker in panda costume during the arrival ceremony held for a pair of giant pandas from China, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, at Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang. Dita Alangkara / AP Photo

Indonesia welcomed a pair of giant pandas on loan from China on Thursday, a move officials said would boost friendship and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

The pandas, Cai Tao and Hu Chun from Sichuan province, will spend the next 10 years in a special enclosure in the Taman Safari zoo on the outskirts of Jakarta.

"The giant panda is the national treasure of China. They are the messengers of friendship, symbols of peace," Sun Weide, China's Charge d'Affaires in Indonesia, said at a ceremony.

China has been sending their black and white ambassadors abroad in a sign of goodwill since the 1950s as part of what is known as "panda diplomacy".

Cai Tao and Hu Chun arrive at a time of generally good ties between Jakarta and Beijing, although there have been some strains in the relationship.

In July, Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea. China’s foreign ministry said the renaming was "meaningless" and called for countries to maintain peace in the region.

Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said joining China's giant panda breeding loan programme "shows that the international community, in this case China, is confident with the conservation management efforts of Indonesia."

The pair of seven-year-old pandas are expected to go on public display in late October or early November.

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