nited States President Donald Trump sent his greetings on Tuesd

ay to those celebrating the Lunar New Year via a statement on the White House website.

“This is a sacred time for many people of Asian descent, and it is an opportunity for all Americans to honor the important con

tributions these communities have made to the story of American greatness,” Trump said.

“As families, friends and loved ones gather to welcome the Year of the Pig, we j

oin in sharing our best wishes for good health, prosperity, and happiness,” he said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greeted Chinese people by saying “Happy Spring Festival” in Mandarin in a video on Mon

day night, when the landmark Tokyo Tower was lit up by red lights as part of the New Year’s celebration.

Abe said last year was important in the history of Japan-China relations, and he sincerely wel

comes more Chinese friends to visit Japan and hopes more Japanese will go to China and build a bridge for exchanges.

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