President Nixon's visit to China has excited hopes in the United States that a new era of good relations may emerge between our two nations. Five weeks ago China's leaders accorded the President a formally correct but cool reception when he arrived in Peking on “The Spirit of '76.” This exhibition of nonchalance seemed designed to impress on the expectant world that in foreign relations China is its own master. Having established this point, Chairman Mao and Premier Chou turned about to display the classic Chinese hospitality for which their culture is justly famous.

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