Wars of words and trade battles have soured Sino-American relations in recent weeks (see WiC47 and 49). But New York’s iconic Empire State Building looks to be doing its bit to repair the rift. To celebrate China’s Lunar New Year it illuminated itself entirely in red and yellow. As if that weren’t symbolic enough, it also opened its doors to a party of 1,000 tourists from China – giving them exclusive use of the Empire State’s observatory for two hours on Lunar New Year’s Eve. A tourist from Shanghai who attended told China Daily: “We are very proud. We feel that the Chinese people are strong, and we are happy to represent China here.” The tour group – which went under the moniker, a “Thousand Gather in New York” – was expected to spend $6 million in the Big Apple.
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