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Two giant pandas to come back home from UK – Chinese foreign ministry

As Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin noted, Beijing is ready to continue to strengthen cooperation with international partners, including London, in the field of protecting endangered species and biodiversity

BEIJING, December 1. /TASS/. Yang Guang and Tian Tian, two giant pandas on loan to the UK from China, will return home in December, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a briefing on Friday.

"In accordance with the terms in the cooperation agreement signed between China and the UK, Yang Guang and Tian Tian, the two giant pandas, will return to China after the agreement expires in December. The Chinese side has made good preparations to welcome them home," he said.

In addition, Wang Wenbin stressed, "In the future, China stands ready to continue to strengthen cooperation with the UK and other international partners on the protection of endangered species and biodiversity."

Yang Guang and Tian Tian were loaned to the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland in 2011 as part of an agreement between China and the UK. The ten-year deal was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.