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Chinese New Year, 1979 Message of the President.

January 24, 1979

New Year's Eve in the Chinese tradition is a time of reunion and reconciliation. It is a time when family quarrels are forgotten and when doors and windows are left open to give access to any beneficent spirits that may be passing.

This tradition takes on a special significance this year as the American and Chinese people build new ties of friendship and mutual cooperation.

Let Americans of Chinese ancestry and, indeed, all our citizens join in a special New Year's prayer that this relationship will blossom for the benefit of all Chinese and American people and of all nations.

Rosalynn and I welcome this opportunity to express our warmest New Year wishes to all Chinese Americans. May this Year of the Ram be remembered for having strengthened the structure of peace and fulfilled the hopes of all mankind for a more tranquil, prosperous and satisfying life.

JIMMY CARTER

Jimmy Carter, Chinese New Year, 1979 Message of the President. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/249887

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