From Hip Hop to Pandas, signs of a government adrift

…while Brownlee is in China on official defence business – he is doing panda business too.

Brownlee is in Chengdu for talks with military leaders and was presented with a wall hanging of a giant panda by General Li Zuocheng, by one of China’s top military commanders.

Chengdu is the “Panda Capital” of China, and the breeding centre has loaned pandas to zoos in Atlanta, Tokyo, Edinburgh, San Diego, Toronto and Liverpool.

Brownlee’s panda duties were not publicised as part of what is a significant visit to meet with the People’s Liberation Army, although Brownlee’s office were happy to admit to it when approached by 3 News.

So Brownlee’s panda mission is effectively an “off-the-books” operation endorsed by John Key with the simple objective of getting pandas to Wellington.

Brownlee’s involvement is significant because a minister of his seniority carries serious credibility in China. Further, it shows the Government is on board with the Council’s proposal and determined to advance it.

Brownlee going to China to talk defence was always as pointless as it was funny. ?Now we know the real reason he’s there. ? Read more »

Face of the Day

I don’t think Pandas like water:

Face of the Day

I know I’ve already done this but today it is just so appropriate.

Awww, so cute

Panda babies are so cute:

A giant panda breeding centre in China has shown pictures of its new crop of cute babies.

The giant panda breeding centre in Chengdu, in south-west China’s Sichuan province, started with just six pandas in 1987 and now has more than 100.

The centre looks after red pandas and other endangered Chinese animals as well.