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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, actors perform during a preview of "PANDA!" in the Palazzo Theater at the Palazzo hotel-casino in Las Vegas. “PANDA!” is the first Chinese-produced show to take up residency on the famous tourist corridor. Directed by An Zhou, the man behind the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, “PANDA!” opened to mixed critical reviews in December and recently added dates through July. It follows two Chinese-produced resident shows in Branson, Mo., and a steady flow of touring Chinese arts troupes. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jerry Henkel, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, actors perform during a preview of "PANDA!" in the Palazzo Theater at the Palazzo hotel-casino in Las Vegas. “PANDA!” is the first Chinese-produced show to take up residency on the famous tourist corridor. Directed by An Zhou, the man behind the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, “PANDA!” opened to mixed critical reviews in December and recently added dates through July. It follows two Chinese-produced resident shows in Branson, Mo., and a steady flow of touring Chinese arts troupes. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jerry Henkel, File)
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(AP) The makers of the first Chinese-produced resident show on the Las Vegas Strip say they hope it will bridge a cultural gap with the U.S. and clear the way for other Chinese artists.


"PANDA!" debuted at the Palazzo in December and has show dates set through July.


It's produced by the team behind the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and mixes pandas and kung-fu fighters with the striking special effects and acrobatics that have become a Sin City staple.


An increasing number of Chinese artists have been taking to American stages, especially after China set a national priority a decade ago to export its cultural offerings.


The arts build goodwill between countries, although experts say some of China's "soft-power" gains are canceled out by "hard-power" policies toward its neighbors.


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