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Shepherd sticks to border guard commitment, 54 years on

By Mao Weihua in Urumqi and Zhang Yangfei in Beijing | China Daily | Updated: 2018-09-12 07:46

A wife, a radio and a herd of sheep are 78-year-old Wei Deyou's only companions on a vast, barren prairie called Sarbulak in China's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Stretching straight to the horizon, Sarbulak, near the border with Kazakhstan, has been Wei's home for most of his life because of a commitment he made 54 years ago.

Wei traveled to Xinjiang from Beijing in April 1964 with comrades in the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps to take on the mission of guarding the border.

Shepherd sticks to border guard commitment, 54 years on

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