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Michelle Obama generates Internet comment after Tibetan lunch

CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama lunched at a Tibetan restaurant in China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, prompting murmurs about "political overtones" on the country's active Internet social networks. Obama, her two daughters and mother visited the city of Chengdu as part of a week-long trip to China, where she has sought to promote education and boost cultural ties.

Pandas and yak soup on Michelle Obama's China menu

US First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday wrapped up a week-long trip to China by feeding a panda before having a yak-based lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Obama, who is travelling with her mother and daughters, visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern province of Sichuan. There, the Obamas viewed a 22-year-old grandmother panda named Lili as well as five young pandas, according to base staff.

Pandas and yak soup on Michelle Obama's China menu

US First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday wrapped up a week-long trip to China by feeding a panda before having a yak-based lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Obama, who is travelling with her mother and daughters, visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern province of Sichuan. There, the Obamas viewed a 22-year-old grandmother panda named Lili as well as five young pandas, according to base staff. Pictures showed the First Lady using a long stick to pass apples to some of the black and white bears in a grassy enclosure.

Michelle Obama touts equality, religious rights in China

US First Lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom in China on Tuesday, raising the sensitive issues on a tour meant to avoid politics. "In America, we believe that no matter where you live or how much money your parents have -- or what race or religion or ethnicity you are -- if you work hard and believe in yourself, then you should have a chance to succeed," she told hundreds of students at a high school in Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern Sichuan province.

Michelle Obama touts equality, education in China

US First Lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom in China on Tuesday, raising the sensitive issues on a tour meant to avoid politics. "In America, we believe that no matter where you live or how much money your parents have -- or what race or religion or ethnicity you are -- if you work hard and believe in yourself, then you should have a chance to succeed," she told hundreds of students at a high school in Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern Sichuan province.

Michelle Obama meets Chinese educators

Visiting US first lady Michelle Obama held a meeting Sunday at the US embassy with Chinese educators and families, after her arrival there sparked a minor security alert. Two people just outside the embassy began shouting as her motorcade pulled in, while police and men in gray sweatshirts and pants ran to subdue them. It was unclear what they were shouting about. Obama is making a week-long trip to China focused on education and "soft" issues.

Michelle Obama sees Great Wall, Chinese educators

Visiting US first lady Michelle Obama toured China's Great Wall on Sunday, after her arrival at the US embassy in Beijing earlier in the day sparked a minor security alert. She and her daughters strolled along a popular section of the wall and rode down a toboggan on a smoggy afternoon, as part of a week-long visit focused on education and "soft issues" rather than politics.

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.

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.
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