Panda diplomacy: The relationship between China and the US is shattered - two pandas make it even more complicated

It is just after four in the afternoon when an American Fedex transport plane with flight number FX 9759 prepares to land over Shanghai's Pudong Airport.

Panda diplomacy: The relationship between China and the US is shattered - two pandas make it even more complicated

It is just after four in the afternoon when an American Fedex transport plane with flight number FX 9759 prepares to land over Shanghai's Pudong Airport. Waved smartphones follow their path, hundreds of people have positioned themselves at every corner of the airport to witness the moment. A few are standing outside at the fence of the airfield, shouting: "Ya Ya!", "Ya Ya!" over and over again. As the plane passes over the group, the hysterical crying of a young woman drowns out the roar of the engines for a moment: " You're back!” she sobbed.

It's like a pop star coming home.

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