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Michelle Obama arrives in China for official visit

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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Michelle Obama arrives in China for official visit

By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 2:13 PM EDT, Thu March 20, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Forbidden City with Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, behind Mrs. Obama, on March 21, 2014, in Beijing. The first lady's visit is on educational and cultural exchanges. Click through the gallery to see her other international travel. First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Forbidden City with Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, behind Mrs. Obama, on March 21, 2014, in Beijing. The first lady's visit is on educational and cultural exchanges. Click through the gallery to see her other international travel.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The U.S. first lady will meet with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan on Friday
  • The two women have several activities planned
  • Mrs. Obama won't be talking politics during her week-long visit to three Chinese cities
  • Her mother and her two daughters are also joining the trip

(CNN) -- First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she will refrain from talking about political differences.

Mrs. Obama, who flew Wednesday from Washington, D.C., is making a week-long trip to three Chinese cities and will speak with children at several schools about the importance of education and youth empowerment.

The U.S. first lady has several activities and events scheduled Friday with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan.

"Her visit and her agenda sends a message that the relationship between the United States and China is not just between leaders, it's a relationship between peoples," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.


"That's critically important, given the roles that our two countries are going to play in the 21st century, that we maintain the very regular contacts that we have at the leader-to-leader level, but that we're also reaching out and building relationships with people, particularly young people."

President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week during the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague. White House officials told reporters on a conference call that issues on which the U.S. and China differ, such as human rights and trade, will be discussed directly between the two leaders and other representatives of the governments.

"We don't expect the people of China to agree with all of our policy positions at any given moment, but the more they understand the United States, the more they understand the President and the first lady and their values and their priorities, we think the better it is for both of our countries," Rhodes added.

Mrs. Obama plans to visit the cities of Beijing and Chengdu, where she will speak to students and discuss cultural exchanges and the benefits of studying abroad. China is the fifth most popular country for American students studying abroad, and more students from China study in the United States than from any other country.

Beyond her message on education, Mrs. Obama will join Madame Peng in a tour of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Mrs. Obama will then travel to Xi'an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. In Chengdu, she will tour the Chengdu Panda Base, which houses approximately 50 pandas.

The first lady will be accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, something that White House officials believe will resonate with the Chinese people.

"I think they understand the significance as well of family and of three generations of family traveling together, which I think the Chinese will appreciate, and will appreciate the ties and the bonds that the Obama family have with one another across generations," said the first lady's chief of staff, Tina Tchen.

"This is a great opportunity for the Obama family to experience that, and I think for the Chinese to see that as well in an American family."

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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Mrs. Obama had a chance to meet with China's first lady 8 months ago in Palm Springs. She snubbed her then and stayed in Washington DC. That trip would not of cost us the taxpayers a cent more as the President was meeting the President of China at the same time. I think our first lady just likes to be a jetsetter at the expense of the American people. Of what value could this trip to China possibly be? Looks like a free vacation for her and the girls to me. Maybe a stopover in Hawaii on the way back?



And grandma, too. All on the backs of the American people who are hurting more now than ever before thanks to her husband.



I lover how her older daughter is like....why do I have to do this...in many of their photos.



I have noticed this too. It is like she is the one person in the family that gets it and is already regretting the actions of her father. OOOOOO, there's her first book! "Actions of my Father."



"Schemes of my Father"



Even better!



Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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SHE IS A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILY IS DISGUSTING.



Laura Bush made a total of 46 trips to foreign countries, visiting 73 countries and spending a total of 212 days on these foreign trips.
Michelle Obama as of July 2013, had made 14 foreign trips to 25 countries and spent a total of 72 days.

So much for bigots bashing the first lady!
taken from the national taxpayers union website.



Why bigots? You're the one making it a racial issue so that makes you the bigot. If she was purple or orangeI would still complain about all the trips she takes because she is the one who made a speech saying we would all have to accept smaller slices of the pie while we were having economic problems. Okay, if the problems are that bad (and for most of the middle class they are very bad) then why is she trotting off on all these vacations? She should be setting a better example instead of behaving like entitled royalty.



The primary difference between Mrs. Obama and First Lady Laura Bush is that Mrs. Bush and her family did not advocate for homosexuality around the world. And Mrs. Bush's husband did not threaten Russia and the African country of Uganda with sanctions if they don't drop their obedience to God and instead endorse homosexuality in their countries. One more thing, "ted," the current spouse of the current President, while making campaign speeches for her husband, made statements that with her husband running for President, it was the first time she was proud to be an American.

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    vic270
    by Vic on Mar. 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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     I agree with everything you said and just to show how disgusted with this whole first family that i am, i hope they all find a hair in their won ton soup.

    Quoting Ednarooni160:

    SHE IS A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILY IS DISGUSTING.

    Laura Bush made a total of 46 trips to foreign countries, visiting 73 countries and spending a total of 212 days on these foreign trips.Michelle Obama as of July 2013, had made 14 foreign trips to 25 countries and spent a total of 72 days.

    So much for bigots bashing the first lady!taken from the national taxpayers union website.

    Why bigots? You're the one making it a racial issue so that makes you the bigot. If she was purple or orangeI would still complain about all the trips she takes because she is the one who made a speech saying we would all have to accept smaller slices of the pie while we were having economic problems. Okay, if the problems are that bad (and for most of the middle class they are very bad) then why is she trotting off on all these vacations? She should be setting a better example instead of behaving like entitled royalty.

    The primary difference between Mrs. Obama and First Lady Laura Bush is that Mrs. Bush and her family did not advocate for homosexuality around the world. And Mrs. Bush's husband did not threaten Russia and the African country of Uganda with sanctions if they don't drop their obedience to God and instead endorse homosexuality in their countries. One more thing, "ted," the current spouse of the current President, while making campaign speeches for her husband, made statements that with her husband running for President, it was the first time she was proud to be an American.

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    jaxTheMomm
    by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    You guys are so funny.

    It's her JOB to travel around the world.  And take her daughters when she can.  The cost of doing so is budgeted out by congress every year, and the world expects to see her.

    grandmab125
    by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM
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     This is such a joke...on us, once again.  What is Michelle going to advise the Chinese about in the realm of education....how to destroy their educational system?  Chinese students can dance circles around our dumbed down students.

    This is just another globe trotting  vacation for Michelle and her kids on the taxpayers' dime....oh and don't forget granny.

    jaxTheMomm
    by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I don't expect the irrational haters to care or understand what a diplomatic trip actually is, but we all know that if she didn't go, and pissed off some Chinese businessmen or something, you guys would be screaming like raped apes.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/first-ladys-education-trip-to-china-employs-soft-diplomacy-/1876439.html

    First Lady Michelle Obama is in China this week to focus on education and culture.

    Students at Beijing Normal School eagerly greeted First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday.  Many children here dream of attending universities abroad, and one of the school's aims is to help them achieve that dream.  Obama's focus on education for this trip is an example of soft diplomacy - attracting Chinese interest in one of the United States' greatest assets.  Elizabeth Economy is the Asia director for the Council on Foreign Relations.

    "They recognize the sort of innovative vitality of the U.S. educational system.  It’s a very creative system, and one that has produced legions of very successful entrepreneurs and thinkers," stated Economy.

    vic270
    by Vic on Mar. 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM
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     no if it is considered a vacation, (and her not giving any American interviews) that is what it is (a vacation) the first family is suppose to pay a portion of the cost, The US taxpayers are paying 100% of this trip. that is wrong. She refused to give a lecture or an interview.

    Quoting jaxTheMomm:

    You guys are so funny.

    It's her JOB to travel around the world.  And take her daughters when she can.  The cost of doing so is budgeted out by congress every year, and the world expects to see her.

     

    vic270
    by Vic on Mar. 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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     I just heard on Greta van S, that the taxpayers are paying 100% of this trip. All other first ladies had to pay a part of the cost when it was a vacation, and she refused to give even 1 interview to the US reporters or a lecture. To me we should not have to foot the bill for her, her kids or her mother,

    Quoting grandmab125:

     This is such a joke...on us, once again.  What is Michelle going to advise the Chinese about in the realm of education....how to destroy their educational system?  Chinese students can dance circles around our dumbed down students.

    This is just another globe trotting  vacation for Michelle and her kids on the taxpayers' dime....oh and don't forget granny.

     

    blondekosmic15
    by Blonde on Mar. 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM
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    Too bad they didn't buy a one way ticket. I'm willing to pay for this with my taxes. 

    Quoting grandmab125:

     This is such a joke...on us, once again.  What is Michelle going to advise the Chinese about in the realm of education....how to destroy their educational system?  Chinese students can dance circles around our dumbed down students.

    This is just another globe trotting  vacation for Michelle and her kids on the taxpayers' dime....oh and don't forget granny.


    grandmab125
    by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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    high five 

    Quoting blondekosmic15:

    Too bad they didn't buy a one way ticket. I'm willing to pay for this with my taxes. 

    Quoting grandmab125:

     This is such a joke...on us, once again.  What is Michelle going to advise the Chinese about in the realm of education....how to destroy their educational system?  Chinese students can dance circles around our dumbed down students.

    This is just another globe trotting  vacation for Michelle and her kids on the taxpayers' dime....oh and don't forget granny.

     

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