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Chinese couple excited about vice president's Muscatine visit
by Mike Ferguson
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15 February 2012
On 15 February 2012 The Gazette reported: The visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to Iowa during his US trip this week drew the support of a Chinese couple who drove 70 miles from their home in Fairfield, Iowa, to honour his visit and add their own welcome. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of business.
According to the article in The Gazette, Zhu Yunxiang is a professor of business administration and vice president of Asian expansion at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, and his wife Lijuan Cai is the university's director of Asian student life.
Zhu and Lijuan have lived in the United States for about 20 years, moving to Fairfield in 2000, the article explains. About 70 Chinese students are enrolled at MUM.
A photo in The Gazette shows the couple in Muscatine, Iowa, on the day of Vice President Xi's visit to that city. They are standing together with Eleanor and Thomas Dvorchak, all four holding up a Chinese flag that belongs to Zhu and Lijuan.
Mr and Mrs Dvorchak hosted Xi Jinping in their home in Muscatine during his first visit to the US in 1985, when he was an agriculture official in Hebei province in China.
According to news accounts, the Dvorchaks were among a group of ''old friends'' from that earlier visit with whom the Vice President keenly wanted to renew acquaintance during the current trip. In addition to signing agricultural trade agreements, this was a main reason for his making a special stop in Iowa—a major portion of his US itinerary, and the only venue between the east and west coasts.
''For him to take the time to visit his host families,'' Lijuan is quoted as saying in The Gazette, ''we're very proud of him being here.''
''I believe (Xi's visit) will renew friendly relations with Iowa,'' Zhu said. ''As a result we might see more business, agricultural and educational exchanges.''
The Fairfield couple, who ''have been involved in cultural exchanges since arriving in this country'', hoped to have a glimpse of ''our vice president'' in Muscatine before he went on to the capital city, Des Moines, for a state dinner that evening. Even so, as Zhu expressed it in The Gazette, ''just to be in the same town is very exciting for us. We feel extremely honored.''
A number of other news articles also featured the Chinese couple from MUM in Fairfield.
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