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Lang Zheng, the boy in salute

China SCIOUpdated: May 9, 2018

Lang Zheng, a boy who had injured his left arm during the quake, raised his right arm in salute to the PLA soldiers as they carried him out of the rubbles on a stretcher. The image touched people across the country. Today, he has grown into a teenager who excels in school and likes playing basketball.

The 3-year-old boy Lang Zheng raises his right arm in salute to the PLA to express his gratitude after being rescued from the ruins in Beichuan county, Mianyang city, Sichuan province, on May 13, 2008. [Photo/VCG]

Lang Zheng, now a 1.7-meter-tall middle school student, holds the famous picture of his rescue in his home in Mianyang city on April 14, 2018. [Photo/VCG]