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A pair of pandas arrive in Belgium on lease from the China Conservation and Research Center for giant pandas.

The two pandas 'Xing Hui' which is mandarin for "twinkling star" and 'Hao Hao' which translates as "good good" will spend 15 years in Belgium.

The animals were welcomed by Di Rupo, alongside the Chinese Ambassador to Belgium.

 "It is very important for Belgium, because our relationships between our two countries are very close on different niveau (levels) - scientific, commercial, and industrial." says PRIME MINISTER ELIO DI RUPO. The Prime Minister believes the pandas will allow their relationship to strengthen.

It is the second time for Belgium to see giant pandas, one of the world's most endangered species, in the country.

About sixteen hundred giant pandas live in the wild, mostly in the mountains of southwest, while three hundred live in captivity.

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