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Feature: Chinese VP tells story of American couples' attachment to China

By Xinhua writers Wu Liming and Wang Fengfeng (Xinhua)

09:43, February 16, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses a welcoming luncheon hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- "In 1992 when I worked in Fuzhou City of China's Fujian Province, I myself witnessed a moving story," Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who was on a visit to the United States, told friendly groups at a luncheon Wednesday.

Xi recalled how he facilitated a trip for an American lady who was trying to fulfil her late husband's wish of revisiting his childhood home in China.

In 1992, when Xi was serving as the party chief of China's southeastern city of Fuzhou, he came across a newspaper report about "My Guling," written by a Chinese student studying in the United States.

The story depicted an American couple who tried in vain to revisit a southern Chinese town called Guling, where the husband, Milton Gardner, had spent 10 years of his childhood before moving back to the United States in 1911, Xi said.

Gardner, who later became a professor of physics at the University of California, had been longing to revisit Guling since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the United States in 1979. But he had never made the trip due to his failing health.

According to the newspaper, Gardner kept uttering "Kuling, Kuling" in the final hours of his life.

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