Joined by Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in the United States on Wednesday to discuss, with president Obama, international security issues between Us and China.
Meanwhile, on Friday September 26, 2015, While visiting the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan named the new born Panda of mother Mei Xiang.
Last month on August 22, two baby pandas were born from Panda Mei Xiang. Unfortunately, one Panda died 5 weeks ago during its birth. On Friday, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan gave the name Bei Bei to the surviving baby panda. Since Pandas are threatened by extinction and low birth rates, this is very positive news.
First lady Peng Liyuan had this to say,
“Peng, speaking with a translator, called Bei Bei’s birth ‘yet another success in a conservation cooperation between China and the United States on giant pandas.’ “
Stephanie Condon, CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/michelle-obama-chinese-first-lady-name-americas-new-panda-cub/
The Birth is another success from of over 40 years of Panda conservation efforts between Us and China. To learn more about Panda conservation efforts around the world, follow the link to the The World Wild Life Foundation web site. http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/giant-panda
Chinese-Us relationship has not been the strongest in past years, but hopefully this meeting between the two presidents will help improve things.
On Friday, President Obama announced the One Million Strong initiative that aims to teach one million U.S. children to speak Mandarin by 2020. Follow the link to learn about it.
China faces pollution and overpopulation problems; North America may eventually become a place for higher numbers of Chinese immigrants. With the possibility of a highly Chinese populated North America, I believe this One million strong Initiative is a first step in preparing North America for a distant future where Chinese replaces English as the dominant spoken language and world language of business.