On the day that two giant panda cubs in Canada finally got their names, they also received a very special visitor — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, making his very first headlining appearance on Shanghaiist!
Trudeau cuddled up with Jia Panpan (Canadian hope) and his younger sister Jia Yueyue (Canadian joy). Both cubs were born at the Toronto Zoo in October. The proud parents are Er Shun and Da Mao, both on loan from China.
Here’s what Trudeau had to say on this historic occasion:
The panda is a symbol of peace and friendship, which is fitting considering Canada’s ever-growing relationship with China. The birth of these pandas on the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Canada and China is a wonderful and serendipitous coincidence.