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War of the pandas in Belgium

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo laughs next to a person wearing a panda costume after delivering a lecture at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium on Oct. 1.

Photo: AFP

Rival Dutch- and French-speaking communities in Belgium are at each other’s throats again — this time over the loan of two giant pandas by China to the linguistically divided nation.

“Pandas, a question of national interest,” said La Libre Belgique as the country worried over the long-negotiated and now contentious deal.

The problem is that the rare bears, a reliable draw for visitors, are to be housed in a zoo in French-speaking southern Wallonia, not far from the city of Mons, whose last mayor is none other than Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

Belgium’s oldest and most well-known zoo, the Antwerp Zoo, set up in 1843, located in the heart of the port city of Antwerp in northern Flanders, is indignant to have lost out to the Pairi Daiza animal park set up a couple of decades ago.








1. at each other’s throats idiom

相互爭執 (xiang1 hu4 zheng1 zhi2)

例: My cat and my dog are always at each other’s throats.


2. none other than phr.

不是別的;正是 (bu2 shi4 bie2 de5; zheng4 shi4)

例: My new friend’s wife turned out to be none other than my hairstylist.


3. lose out to idiom

輸給… (shu1 gei3)

例: She lost out to her best friend in the spelling contest.


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