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万花筒 2008-12-26&12-27 团团圆圆传达善意

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They survived the great China earthquake, and now they are about to embark1 on a mission of peace and unity2. It's a busy time for these animals when it comes to panda diplomacy3. The two giant pandas "Tuan Tuan" and "Yuan Yuan", together their names mean "unite", are on their way from their zoo in Chengdu to Taiwan as a goodwill4 gift from Beijing and a sign of improving ties between the two countries.

 


The two pandas mark a key stage in China's often fraught5 relations with Taiwan. They were turned down by an anti-Chinese president two years ago, but as relations thaw6, this winter they are on their way.

 

Earlier China and Taiwan resumed transport links with daily flights and new shipping7 routes in an effort to establish a rapprochement with the island nation that China has long claimed as its own.

 


In the past, China has given goodwill pandas to nine countries, including Japan, North Korea and the former Soviet8 Union. President Richard Nixon took one home with him after his groundbreaking trip to China in 1972.

 

The two four-year-old pandas are lucky to be alive. Their sanctuary9 at Wolong in Sichuan province was destroyed by the earthquake last May, in which more than 80,000 people died.

 


Pandas can only be found in the wild in China where they are slowly emerging from the brink10 of extinction11. The two big bundles of fur that make up this charm offensive departed on the two-hour trip to Taiwan. In their luggage, a healthy supply of steamed corn buns and fresh bamboo. In preparation for a bumpy12 ride, they also had a supply of airsick pills.

 


Their arrival was covered live in Taiwan. The country's newest celebrities13 will spend a month in quarantine before taking up residence in Taipei in their very own ten-million-dollar zoo extension. The pair of pandas are expected to attract three millions visitors a year. They'll be formally presented to the nation in the Chinese New Year Festivities next month.

 


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1 embark qZKzC     
vi.乘船,着手,从事,上飞机
参考例句:
  • He is about to embark on a new business venture.他就要开始新的商业冒险活动。
  • Many people embark for Europe at New York harbor.许多人在纽约港乘船去欧洲。
2 unity 4kQwT     
n.团结,联合,统一;和睦,协调
参考例句:
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
3 diplomacy gu9xk     
n.外交;外交手腕,交际手腕
参考例句:
  • The talks have now gone into a stage of quiet diplomacy.会谈现在已经进入了“温和外交”阶段。
  • This was done through the skill in diplomacy. 这是通过外交手腕才做到的。
4 goodwill 4fuxm     
n.善意,亲善,信誉,声誉
参考例句:
  • His heart is full of goodwill to all men.他心里对所有人都充满着爱心。
  • We paid £10,000 for the shop,and £2000 for its goodwill.我们用一万英镑买下了这家商店,两千英镑买下了它的信誉。
5 fraught gfpzp     
adj.充满…的,伴有(危险等)的;忧虑的
参考例句:
  • The coming months will be fraught with fateful decisions.未来数月将充满重大的决定。
  • There's no need to look so fraught!用不着那么愁眉苦脸的!
6 thaw fUYz5     
v.(使)融化,(使)变得友善;n.融化,缓和
参考例句:
  • The snow is beginning to thaw.雪已开始融化。
  • The spring thaw caused heavy flooding.春天解冻引起了洪水泛滥。
7 shipping WESyg     
n.船运(发货,运输,乘船)
参考例句:
  • We struck a bargain with an American shipping firm.我们和一家美国船运公司谈成了一笔生意。
  • There's a shipping charge of £5 added to the price.价格之外另加五英镑运输费。
8 Soviet Sw9wR     
adj.苏联的,苏维埃的;n.苏维埃
参考例句:
  • Zhukov was a marshal of the former Soviet Union.朱可夫是前苏联的一位元帅。
  • Germany began to attack the Soviet Union in 1941.德国在1941年开始进攻苏联。
9 sanctuary iCrzE     
n.圣所,圣堂,寺庙;禁猎区,保护区
参考例句:
  • There was a sanctuary of political refugees behind the hospital.医院后面有一个政治难民的避难所。
  • Most countries refuse to give sanctuary to people who hijack aeroplanes.大多数国家拒绝对劫机者提供庇护。
10 brink OWazM     
n.(悬崖、河流等的)边缘,边沿
参考例句:
  • The tree grew on the brink of the cliff.那棵树生长在峭壁的边缘。
  • The two countries were poised on the brink of war.这两个国家处于交战的边缘。
11 extinction sPwzP     
n.熄灭,消亡,消灭,灭绝,绝种
参考例句:
  • The plant is now in danger of extinction.这种植物现在有绝种的危险。
  • The island's way of life is doomed to extinction.这个岛上的生活方式注定要消失。
12 bumpy 2sIz7     
adj.颠簸不平的,崎岖的
参考例句:
  • I think we've a bumpy road ahead of us.我觉得我们将要面临一段困难时期。
  • The wide paved road degenerated into a narrow bumpy track.铺好的宽阔道路渐渐变窄,成了一条崎岖不平的小径。
13 celebrities d38f03cca59ea1056c17b4467ee0b769     
n.(尤指娱乐界的)名人( celebrity的名词复数 );名流;名声;名誉
参考例句:
  • He only invited A-list celebrities to his parties. 他只邀请头等名流参加他的聚会。
  • a TV chat show full of B-list celebrities 由众多二流人物参加的电视访谈节目
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