(A jet is heard approaching, touching down, and taxiing across the runway. As The Spirit of'76 comes into view, slowing to a stop, Premier Chou En-lai and a small group of officials stroll out to meet it, casting long shadows in the pale yellow light. A ramp is drawn up to the hatchway. After a pause the door opens and President Nixon stands in the opening for a instant, then begins to descend the ramp, closely followed by the First Lady in her scarlet coat. When the President reaches the middle of the ramp, Premier Chou begins to clap and the President stops short and returns the gesture, according to the Chinese custom. He reaches the bottom step and extends his right hand as he walks towards the Premier. They shake hands)
CHOU Your flight was smooth, I hope?
NIXON Oh yes, smoother than usual I guess. Yes, it was very pleasant. We stopped in Hawaii for a day and Guam, to catch up on the time. It's easier that way. The Prime Minister knows about that. He is such a traveller.
CHOU No, not I but as a traveller come home for good to China, one for whom all travel is a penance now. I am most proud to welcome you.