President Jimmy Carter's welcome included these comments,
"Yesterday ...was the lunar New Year, the beginning of your Spring Festival, the traditionalMay the Year of the Horse be a time of warm reunions and grand new beginnings.
time of new beginnings for the Chinese people. On your New Year's Day, I am told, you open all doors and windows to give access to beneficent spirits. It's a time when family quarrels are forgotten, a time when visits are made, a time of reunion and reconciliation. As for our two nations, today is a time of reunion and new beginnings. It's a day of reconciliation, when windows too long closed have been reopened."