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Iowa farm a model Xi wants emulated

By May Zhou in Desmoines, Iowa | China Daily | Updated: 2017-04-07 07:53

Rick Kimberly, an Iowa farmer of 4,000 acres about 20 miles outside of the state capital of Des Moines, has become a celebrity of sorts, thanks to a visit to his homestead by then vice-president Xi Jinping in February 2012.

In his modest one-story farmhouse, Kimberly welcomed a few Chinese guests on March 28, apologizing for the absence of his wife, Martha, due to a work engagement.

The guests were immediately drawn to an oil painting prominently displayed on a fireplace mantel in the living room. The painting depicts the meeting of Xi and Kimberly in the room five years ago.

Iowa farm a model Xi wants emulated

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