STOP_George pointed me to this summary of the Newsweek article on the pandas I discussed earlier. It’s forgettable, but the first paragraph caught his attention:

While Beijing officials are trying to give two giant pandas to Taiwan as a goodwill gesture, Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian is urging his government to say no, believing it is another attempt by the Chinese to assert their claim over the island, Newsweek reports in the current issue. Beijing is hoping the pair, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, whose names echo the Mandarin word for “reunion”: tuanyuan, can help resolve the 56- year armed standoff between mainland China and Taiwan, report Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu and Hong Kong Bureau Chief George Wehrfritz in the April 3 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, March 27).

STOP_george says: “That’s right, folks! China hopes it can end ITS OWN MILITARY AGGRESSION by giving Taiwan a couple of pandas. LOL!!”

LOL.