Whatever its flaws may be, the international exchange is a cornerstone of U.S. public diplomacy and has, for many years, improved international understanding by enabling students and professionals to travel abroad. Today the United States bids farewell to a beloved individual as he returns to his native China: Tai Shan. The popular panda has been living at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. since July 2005, but today he heads home to his native China. The Asia Trail won't be quite the same without him.
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