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In early May a man called Wutung discovered two power generators in Guizhou province that were originally installed in the 1940s. They are believed to be part of aid sent by the Americans to help the Kuomintang in the war against the Japanese. The two units – hidden in a cave – were both made by General Electric. Although local residents seem to have been aware of them, they had little clue that they were leftovers from the war. What’s more surprising, however, is that the two machines are still functioning, after seven decades. Wutung wrote that he also stumbled on a nearby Chinese generator. In comparison, the locally-made unit has long been obsolete, although it was made in 1979.

“After finding these two American generators I was overcome with emotions. The American power generators have been supplying electricity since 1942 and not a single part of the machines had been changed… It really speaks volumes about the high quality of American products,” Wutung noted. “This is something our country needs to learn. Even today we probably can’t come close to the quality of American products.”

The story has received little coverage in the local media (although it was widely forwarded online). It certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying. When Wutung contacted a local TV station about his discovery, he was told: “Our station cannot embrace American imperialism.”

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