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Love rations

An army marches on its stomach, according to Napoleon. And an officer in the PLA has just adopted the Corsican’s military advice, albeit in a strategy relating more to his wife.

Yin Yunfeng is stationed in a remote outpost in Tibet, which means he can only return home to Guizhou province once a year to visit his wife (surnamed Zhao).

Durin­g his most recent homecoming, Yin decided to give his beloved spouse something to chew on while he is away. According to the Chinese media he cooked Zhao enough dinners to keep her going for a year.

Photos of the culinary stockpile, which included at least 1,000 dumplings, soon made the rounds on social media, turning the couple into celebrities. “She is very busy and I was afraid she would have instant noodles all the time,” Yin told 81.CN, a news portal for the military. “I can’t stop crying when I see what he has done for me,” said Zhao, who is a teacher. Some onlookers described her as the “luckiest wife in China”, although others were less complimentary, calling her the “laziest wife” in the country.

Meanwhile 81.CN has insisted that the gesture does nothing to detract from Yin’s martial abilities. “Only those who love their families make good soldiers,” it explained.

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