US First Lady Michelle Obama plans a weeklong maiden visit to China later this month along with her mother and two daughters, the White House has announced.
“The weeklong China trip beginning March 20, would take the First Lady to Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26,” the White House said yesterday. “During her trip, the First Lady will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping,” it said. She will also visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu.
Accompanying the First Lady on the trip will be her mother Marian Robinson and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama. “During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries,” the White House said.
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She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the US the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture –emphasising the importance of students learning from one another globally.
Additional details about the First Lady’s trip will be announced in the coming weeks, the White House said.