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Michelle Obama tours Beijing's Forbidden City

US First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters and mother to Beijing's former imperial palace Friday, on a China tour the White House emphasises will be light on politics and heavy on personal diplomacy. Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson were photographed along with China's own first lady Peng Liyuan at the central pavilion of the sprawling Forbidden City, known as the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

US, China first ladies in Beijing's Forbidden City

US First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters and mother to Beijing's former imperial palace Friday, on a China tour the White House emphasises will be light on politics and heavy on personal diplomacy. Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson along with China's own first lady Peng Liyuan took a guided tour of the sprawling Forbidden City, waving to onlookers outside the central pavilion known as the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

U.S. first lady tours Forbidden City, visits school in Beijing

BEIJING, March 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama toured a former imperial palace and visited a high school in Beijing on Friday as she embarked on a week-long tour here that focused on education and people-to-people exchanges. It marked the third solo trip on foreign soil for Obama, with White House officials saying the first lady is expected to steer clear of sensitive issues with China, such as human rights and foreign policy. At the Forbidden City, Obama, her two daughters and her mother were photographed along with China's own first lady Peng Liyuan.

Michelle Obama tours Beijing's Forbidden City

US First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters and mother to Beijing's former imperial palace Friday, on a China tour the White House emphasises will be light on politics and heavy on personal diplomacy. Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson along with China's own first lady Peng Liyuan took a guided tour of the sprawling Forbidden City, waving to onlookers outside the central pavilion known as the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

Michelle Obama in China for week-long tour

Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing on Thursday, kicking off a week-long tour which US officials say is focused deliberately on soft issues in a bid to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, the US first lady's visit will take her to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xi'an and a panda reserve.

U.S. first lady arrives in China

BEIJING, March 20 (Yonhap) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by her two daughters and mother, arrived in China on Thursday for a week-long trip that is expected to focus on education and people-to-people exchanges. It marked the third foreign solo trip for Obama, with White House officials saying the first lady is expected to steer clear of sensitive issues with China, such as human rights and foreign policy.

Illinois primary voters pick candidates for governor, Senate

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Republicans are voting on Tuesday to pick a candidate to challenge a Democratic incumbent governor they say is weak enough to give their party a shot at taking back an office long held by Democrats. Four Republicans are running in Tuesday's primary election for a chance to unseat Governor Pat Quinn, who is viewed as honest but not forceful in a state whose prior governor is in prison for corruption.

Michelle Obama looks to ease mistrust on China trip

Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve.

Michelle Obama looks to ease mistrust on China trip

Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve.

In Illinois governor's race, venture capitalist up for challenge

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has used $6 million of his own money to help catapult him past three other Republican candidates in Tuesday's Illinois gubernatorial primary. If Rauner wins, as expected, a far tougher fight looms: Unseating Governor Pat Quinn, a Democratic who, while not popular, is expected to have heavy support from unions. Democrats have held the Governor's mansion since 2003.
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