Male giant panda Jiao Qing, the father of the newborn twins. Photo: AFP

As Germany debates calling its panda twins Hong and Kong, just how do pandas get named?

  • Panda twins born in Berlin’s zoo have sparked a national debate on China, with calls to name them in recognition of the ongoing protests
  • The pandas are on loan from the Chinese government, which will most likely have the final say on the names
Topic |   Pandas

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Male giant panda Jiao Qing, the father of the newborn twins. Photo: AFP
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Panda Meng-Meng looks at one of her newborn twin cubs at Berlin Zoo, Germany. Photo: Reuters

Calls to name Berlin zoo’s panda cubs ‘Hong and Kong’ spark German national debate on China

  • Berlin’s zoo is celebrating the safe arrival of the first panda cubs born in Germany
  • But a competition to name them has sparked a national debate about panda diplomacy, as the German leader visits Beijing
Topic |   Germany

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Panda Meng-Meng looks at one of her newborn twin cubs at Berlin Zoo, Germany. Photo: Reuters
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