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Panda medal marks friendship

The 45th anniversary of friendship between the nations of China and Germany was celebrated June 30 by a first strike medal ceremony at the Berlin Mint.


It was hosted by Dr. Andreas Schikora, the mint’s director, and was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Germany Shi Ming de and culture counselor Chen Ping.

Examples of the anniversary medal were given to VIPs who were later present at what was called the Panda Turnover Ceremony in early July.

In June of this year, a pair of Chinese pandas “Meng Meng” (a four-year-old female) and “Jiao Qing” (a seven-year-old male) arrived at the Berlin Zoo’s new panda pavilion. The pavilion cost nine million euros. The new panda area opened to the public on July 5.

There was a ceremony to formally give the pandas by Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More than 500 were present.

The medals will also be given throughout the year by the Chinese embassy.

The anniversary celebrated is when diplomatic relations were established between the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The piece combined the artwork of Heinz Hoyer on one side and Yu Min on the other. Both are recipients of the Coin of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

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