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China's panda 'diplomats' have tough job to do in Indonesia

Warm fuzzies may not be enough to thaw icy relations

One of the two Chinese pandas leased to Indonesia (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- At odds with Indonesia over territory, China has launched its trademark charm offensive: flying in two giant pandas in a show of goodwill.

The animals, named Cai Tao and Hu Chun, caught a ride on a Garuda Indonesia flight from the Chinese city of Chengdu to Jakarta on Thursday morning. So far, however, their arrival has generated relatively little fanfare, suggesting the rift between the countries might not be so easily closed.

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