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Wife of Chinese leader gets gift made in China

October 30, 1997

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) _ If Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s wife looked just right in the straw hat she was given during her visit to Colonial Williamsburg, there was a reason.

The gift was made in China.

The hat that Colonial Williamsburg presented Tuesday to Wang Yeping was ``a Chinese import _ as it would have been in the 18th century,″ Brett McMichael, assistant product manager for the historic area’s stores, said Wednesday.

The three-cornered colonial hat given to the Chinese president was made a little closer to home _ in Pennsylvania.

Both hats were decorated by local craftsmen, who put silk ribbons and rosettes on the straw hat and ribbon, gold braid and a brass button on the tricorn, McMichael said.

Jiang and his wife are on a tour of the United States. Jiang and President Clinton met Wednesday in Washington for a summit.

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