Michelle Obama touched down in China, Friday, with mother Marian Robinson and daughters Malia and Sasha, as a part of a her new agenda to expand international relations between China and the United States.
According to the New York Times, Mrs. Obama and family were received by wife of President Xi Jinping, renowned singer and first lady equivalent Peng Liyuan. The company attended several activities including calligraphy, table tennis, and a tour of the Forbidden City. The first lady’s presence is thought to be a profound sight for the Chinese, especially the younger folk.
Professor of Chinese modern history Zhang Lifan mentions, “Ordinary citizens will see the U.S. system has more opportunity for ethnic minorities to rise and have opportunities.”
CNN reports that President Obama is to meet with President Jinping at the Nuclear Security Summit as The Hague next week. Coupled with Mrs. Obama’s goodwill effort stressing youth empowerment and education, the White House is hoping that “the more they (China) understand the President and the first lady and their values and their priorities, we think the better it is for both of our countries.”
Mrs. Obama will visit three cities during her week-long trip.