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Forget about Hu, China and US ink a panda deal!

Tian Tian and Mei Xiang get to stay at the DC zoo for another five years. Pandas!
Giant Panda Tian Tian enjoys a fruitcicle on Jan. 20, 2011, at the National Zoo in Washington. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the $45 billion in export deals, Hu's visit to Washington this week was not entirely warm and fuzzy. You know what is, though? Pandas!

China and the U.S. have inked a panda deal that allows for Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, the two giant pandas at the D.C. zoo, to stay on in Washington for at least another five years, according to the Washington Post.

For the last several weeks, the two cuddly black-and-white bears have been on a temporary lease, since the $1 million-a-year deal from the previous 10 years expired in early December. The head of Washington's National Zoo traveled to China last month, and was able to iron out a deal to keep the pandas on at a reduced price.

Sneak a peek of the cuddly guys with the D.C. zoo panda webcam. Sometimes you can see them doing stuff, like sleeping. And eating.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/rice-bowl/hu-jintao-china-us-pandas-zoo

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