The Jakarta Post
Taman Safari Indonesia Director, Jansen Manansang (left) and Danish Manansang, son of TSI president director representing his father, Frans Manansang, witnessed Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong (middle) sign the official governmental visit placard at the Taman Safari Indonesia, Cisarua, Bogor on Sunday. (JP/PJ Leo)
Bogor, West Java
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong has hailed the giant panda conservation collaboration between her country and Indonesia as an important symbol of bilateral cooperation.
Liu Yandong visited the Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) zoo in Bogor on Sunday to observe two giant pandas that recently arrived in Indonesia from China.
At the occasion, the vice premier said the two countries’ relations would be strengthened through visits by high-ranking officials to build political trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
Hu Chun, the female Giant Panda, enjoys her food at the Taman Safari Indonesia, Cisarua, Bogor, West Java. (JP/PJ Leo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo initiated a cultural exchange mechanism on the vice prime minister level in 2015. A second meeting within that framework was held in August 2016.
“At the time, coordinating minister Puan and I witnessed the signing of the giant panda MoU, which took a year to prepare. Finally, in September 2017, the two giant pandas, Cai Tao and Hu Chun, brought friendship from the people of China to Indonesia,” Liu Yandong said.
“I believe the giant pandas with their adorable movements will be loved by the people of Indonesia and help usher in the momentum for strategic partnerships between China and Indonesia,” she added.
In recent years, the Chinese government has implemented a number of measures to protect its ecosystems and biological diversity, including the giant panda.
Beijing has designated a panda conservation area of 2.58 million hectares in China, where 1864 giant pandas live in their natural habitat and another 464 live in a controlled environment.
“Through the panda cooperation, we will foster harmony between human beings and nature. We also aim to protect the earth as our living place. The TSI environment is beautiful and suitable for the giant pandas Cai Tao and Hu Chun, who like Indonesian-grown bamboo. Now the two are bigger, so I think Indonesia is Cai Tao and Hu Chun’s second home,” Liu Yandong said.
“I hope with this giant panda conservation cooperation, we can further development in the economy, social affairs, culture and ecosystems between the two countries. I hope Cai Tao and Hu Chun will live happily in Indonesia,” she added.
TSI director Jansen Manansang said the Panda Palace at TSI was the best panda facility in Asia outside of China, not only for its architecture, but also for the air and environment quality. He expressed his happiness about the Chinese government visit.
“We are very happy and honored to welcome H. E. Madame Liu Yandong and the ministry delegates of the People’s Republic of China, who in their tight schedule made [time for] this special visit to the TSI to take a look at the giant pandas,” he said. (asw)