Pandas ‘Suhail’ and ‘Soraya’ will arrive in October forward of the World Cup as a ‘new image of China-Qatar friendship’.
China introduced that it’s going to give Qatar two large pandas to mark the FIFA World Cup being held within the state in November and December.
Chinese language ambassador to Qatar, Zhou Jian, mentioned that pandas named “Suhail” and “Soraya” would arrive within the nation subsequent month, forward of the soccer match that can begin on November 20.
“It is a present offered by the 1.4 billion Chinese language individuals for the Qatar World Cup, and can absolutely turn out to be a brand new image of China-Qatar friendship,” the envoy mentioned at a reception.
Whereas China’s crew didn’t qualify for the World Cup, Chinese language firms have been concerned in the development of mega initiatives across the occasion.
After Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was one of a few world leaders who attended the controversial Winter Olympics in China, President Xi Jinping mentioned he was able to launch panda cooperation with the Center East.
China is more and more remoted from Western powers over points like its help for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Consequently, “it’s nonetheless making an attempt to capitalise on the World Cup and the way higher to do this than with a little bit of panda diplomacy”, mentioned Al Jazeera’s Patrick Fok, reporting from Beijing.
Suhail is the identify of one of many brightest stars seen within the Gulf area, whereas Soraya is the Arabic identify for the Pleiades star cluster.