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Outcome of Hu's Visit: We Get Pandas Longer

Five more years, to be exact
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Outcome of Hu's Visit: We Get Pandas Longer
In this July 7, 2010 file photo, Tian Tian, one of the National Zoo's pandas, appears to wipe his face while eating a fruit popsicle at the zoo in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, those sweet, cuddly pandas that rank among our national treasures, actually aren't ours—but we get to keep them for a little while longer. At last night's state dinner, Obama announced that China, which has been loaning us the creatures under an agreement that expired last month, will let them remain in the National Zoo for five more years, reports the New York Times. "The Chinese and American people work together and create new opportunities together every single day," said Obama. (Read more pandas stories.)

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