TAIPEI, Taiwan — There are still some procedural details that need to be negotiated before Taiwan can import a pair of giant pandas offered by China as gift, the head of the intermediary Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said yesterday.
Although the two pandas are expected to be delivered to Taiwan before Christmas, some procedural details still need to be smoothed out, SEF Chairman P.K. Chiang said.
Chiang said the relevant details are being handled by Kao Koong lian, vice chairman and secretary-general of the quasi-official SEF, who has met with officials from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) several times to settle some procedural matters surrounding the panda delivery.
Meanwhile, Chiang said, the technical details — including the exact time of the pandas’ arrival and which airline will transport them — are being handled by Taipei Zoo, where the two pandas will be housed.