March 21, 2014
The visit is Obama’s first to China, and her third foreign trip without the US commander-in-chief since moving into the White House.
Beijing and Washington have hailed the week-long tour as an opportunity for both first ladies to highlight the importance of education and “people-to-people” exchange.
But critics in the US have lambasted signals that human rights are off the agenda — although Obama is scheduled to eat at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu — and the cost to taxpayers, which the White House has declined to reveal.
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