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WorldBerlin Zoo looks to name newborn panda twins Hong and Kong in solidarity with protesters

05:40  08 september  2019
05:40  08 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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BERLIN — When a Berlin newspaper asked its readers to help name two pandas born in the Berlin zoo last week, the contest quickly became weighted with The most-suggested names by readers, according to the Tagesspiegel newspaper, were Hong and Kong , an apparent nod to solidarity with

A Berlin newspaper polled readers to ask for possible names for the zoo 's new panda cubs. The top result? The German tabloid Bild also said it will be calling the cubs Hong and Kong to stand with the pro-democracy protesters and "because China's brutal policies are hiding behind these panda babies."

After a Berlin newspaper asked readers what to name two newborn pandas at the Berlin Zoo, the most suggested names were "Hong" and "Kong," to support pro-democracy protests that have broken out in the city for months.

Berlin Zoo looks to name newborn panda twins Hong and Kong in solidarity with protesters© Getty Berlin Zoo looks to name newborn panda twins Hong and Kong in solidarity with protesters

The Tagesspiegel newspaper, which held the naming contest, said the other names readers suggested were also political choices. Some suggested "Pay Pay" and "Coco & Chanel," The New York Times reported, due to the cost of keeping the pandas.

The Berlin Zoo does not technically own the pandas, as they are on loan from China. The zoo has payed more than $1 million a year since 2017 to house the animals, according to The New York Times.

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pandas . Berlin zoo celebrates birth of twin panda cubs. Berlin residents are throwing some shade at the Chinese government by voting to name their new panda babies “ Hong ” and “ Kong .” The Berlin Zoo pays million a year to house the popular bears . That’s a common arrangement, similar

BERLIN — When a Berlin newspaper asked its readers to help name two pandas born at the Berlin zoo last week, the contest quickly became The most-suggested names by readers, according to the Tagesspiegel newspaper, were Hong and Kong , an apparent nod to solidarity with the

Others suggested Tien Tien and Anmen Anmen in honor of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Although the zoo said the names will be chosen with help from a Chinese research center, the results of the survey come as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Beijing to promote trade between the two countries and discuss the trade war currently underway between the U.S. and China.

Protests broke out in Hong Kong in late March after a controversial bill was introduced that would have allowed the citizens of the semi-autonomous city to be extradited to China. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam formally announced its withdrawal Wednesday.

"The news of panda twins clearly had the potential to be the talk of the town." Stefan Jacobs, the editor who started the campaign to name the pandas, told The New York Times. "I like asking our Berliner readership these questions - you always get some really funny and really smart answers."

Professor Eberhard Sandschneider, who studies Chinese politics at the Free University in Berlin, told The New York Times that the Chinese government would not allow the names "Hong" and "Kong" to be official.

"The last thing they would accept in Beijing, when the pandas are eventually brought back are the names Hong and Kong," Sandschneider said.

The twin cups were born Monday to parents Meng Meng and her partner, Jiao Quing. They arrived from China in June of 2017.

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