US first lady avoiding politics on Beijing visit

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BEIJING (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama plans to avoid politics and focus on education and people-to-people contact on her first trip to China.

Mrs. Obama’s schedule includes a speech to Chinese and American students at Peking University and visits to the cities of Xi’an and Chengdu.

White House officials preparing for the seven-day visit say Mrs. Obama will avoid contentious issues such as human rights, trade and cybersecurity. Instead, they say she will speak on the importance of education and promote exchanges.

She is due to arrive Thursday with her mother and two daughters.

On Friday, Mrs. Obama is due to spend the day with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Associated Press

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