Brass bands and cheering crowds greeted President Nixon at Andrews Air Force Base, outside Washington, on Monday evening when he arrived home from his visit to the Chinese People's Republic.
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NIXON: "We did not bring back any written or unwritten agreements that will guarantee peace in our time. We did not bring home any magic formula which will make unnecessary the efforts of the American people to continue to maintain the strength so that we can continue to be free. We made some necessary and important beginnings however in several areas. We entered into agreements to expand cultural, journalistic and educational contacts with the Chinese people. We agreed to work to begin to broaden trade between our two countries. We have agreed that the communications that have now been established between our governments will be strengthened and expanded. Most important, we have agreed on some rules of international conduct which will reduce the risk of confrontation and war in Asia and in the Pacific. We agreed that we are opposed to domination of the Pacific area by any one power. We agreed that international disputes should be settled without the use of the threat of force and we agreed that we are prepared to apply this principle to our mutual relations. With respect to Taiwan, we stated our established policy that our forces overseas will be reduced gradually as tensions ease and that our ultimate objective is to withdraw our forces as a peaceful settlement is achieved. We have agreed that we will not negotiate the fate of other nations behind their backs and we did not do so in Peking. There were no secret deals of any kind. We have done all this without giving any United States commitments to any other country. (APPLAUSE)
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Background: Brass bands and cheering crowds greeted President Nixon at Andrews Air Force Base, outside Washington, on Monday evening when he arrived home from his visit to the Chinese People's Republic.
President and Mrs Nixon had flown to Washington after a rest and refuelling stop at Anchorage, Alaska. They were greeted by 5,000 people and the bands of the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coastguards.
Vice President and Mrs Agnew headed the official reception committee, and Mr Nixon's two daughters, Mrs David Eisenhower and Mrs Edward Cox, greeted their father with kisses.