Two giant pandas leave China to begin journey to Qatar, the host nation of the Fifa 2022 World Cup. Photo:  SCMP composite
Two giant pandas leave China to begin journey to Qatar, the host nation of the Fifa 2022 World Cup. Photo: SCMP composite

Two giant Chinese pandas land in Qatar for first-ever ‘panda diplomacy’ in Middle East ahead of this year’s World Cup

  • The pair, named Si Hai and Jing Jing in China, will be renamed now that they have arrived in Qatar
  • While the football team will not compete, China played a huge role in building the infrastructure that allowed the World Cup to happen

Two giant pandas leave China to begin journey to Qatar, the host nation of the Fifa 2022 World Cup. Photo:  SCMP composite
Two giant pandas leave China to begin journey to Qatar, the host nation of the Fifa 2022 World Cup. Photo: SCMP composite
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