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Carter: Formalizing US-China ties my 'crowning achievement'
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said in Wuhan on Thursday that the crowning achievement of his life was the formal establishment of Sino-U.S. relations by his administration 30 years ago.

 Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) presents his book to Luo Qingquan, chief of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 15, 2009. Carter flew to central China's Hubei Province Wednesday after attending a series of events in Beijing to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the China-U.S. diplomatic ties. [Wei Mengjia/Xinhua]

Carter made the comment while visiting central China's Hubei Province. The former U.S. president is in China for activities to mark the forging of diplomatic ties between China and the United States.

During a meeting with Hubei Provincial Communist Party chief Luo Qingquan, Carter reviewed the establishment of ties between the two countries as well as the U.S. visit of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979.

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