The Chinese leader welcomed Michelle to his country saying,
“I wish to thank the US side for sending such a heavyweight ambassador to China.”
Michelle Obama landed in China yesterday with her two daughters and mother for a taxpayer-funded vacation. The First Lady said she would not focus on human rights during her trip.
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.
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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.”