US lawmaker wants to bar pandas born in America from being returned to China

Panda cubs born overseas are to be returned to China within four years. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - A United States lawmaker has recently proposed an amendment to bar giant panda cubs born in the US from being returned to China, challenging the so-called panda diplomacy ushered in 50 years ago to mark friendship between the two world powers.

"Pandas born in the United States deserve to stay in our country," Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican, wrote in a statement.

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