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    Michelle Obama Promotes Free Speech in China

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gives a speech next to American (L) and Chinese national flags at the Peking University in Beijing, March 22, 2014. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gives a speech next to American (L) and Chinese national flags at the Peking University in Beijing, March 22, 2014.
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    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gives a speech next to American (L) and Chinese national flags at the Peking University in Beijing, March 22, 2014.
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gives a speech next to American (L) and Chinese national flags at the Peking University in Beijing, March 22, 2014.
    Shannon Van Sant
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited Peking University Saturday on her whirlwind  tour through China.  
     
    On her second day in China, first lady Michelle Obama spoke to American and Chinese students at the country’s prestigious Peking University.  She emphasized the importance of education and human rights - including the right to free speech.  
     
    “Time and again we have seen that countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices and opinions of all their citizens can be heard,” he said.  
     
    Hillary Clinton’s criticism of China was much more direct when she visited as first lady.  Mrs. Obama’s trip will steer clear of sensitive political issues, and she will not grant interviews to journalists.  Instead, her aides say her time in China will be an exercise in soft diplomacy and in people-to-people connections.  
     
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson (L), share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, March 21, 2014.U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson (L), share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, March 21, 2014.
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    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson (L), share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, March 21, 2014.
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson (L), share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, March 21, 2014.
    On Friday, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan accompanied Mrs. Obama and her two daughters to a Chinese school where they took a calligraphy class and played a game of ping pong.  The two first ladies also toured the Forbidden City.  
     
    Chinese President Xi Jinping also greeted Mrs. Obama Friday night, and said he was looking forward to seeing President Barack Obama during an upcoming trip to the Netherlands.  
     
    Mrs. Obama is using the Beijing portion of her trip to China to emphasize the importance of education and studying abroad.  
     
    “Study abroad isn’t just a fun way to spend a semester.  It is quickly becoming the key to success in our global economy,” she said.

    Two hundred thousand Chinese students study in the United States, and 20,000 Americans study in China every year.  
     
    Before her visit to China, Mrs. Obama wrote in a blog post, “I’ll be talking with students about their lives in China and telling them about America and the values and traditions we hold dear.”
     
    Mrs. Obama will next travel to Xi’an to see the terra cotta warriors and to Chengdu to tour the Chengdu Panda Base, which has about 50 pandas.

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    by: Nomoremonarchy from: Northwest N.J.
    March 25, 2014 12:34 PM
    Remember when Hillary Rottencrotch went to the Middle East amongst the Belly Dancers and tried to tell them about Women's Lib ? They laughed her to scorn after taking one look at her BubbleButt and the 12 miles of Bad Road she called a face. Then , when asked , a Woman Journalist answered a question from one of the Prune's traveling companions as to why the other women were so quiet as she talked to them about " free speech ? " She finally drew up the courage to speak and asked Hillary's Lackey : They smile because they seem to all remember the Lady in the Oval Office that knew your husband so well." The " Crotch " stomped her one good foot , pulled a Hissy Fit and walked out of the room amidst a howl of laughter.

    by: Anonymous
    March 23, 2014 11:54 AM
    Pls US first lady to urge chinese gov to open internet freely and improve human right and democracy in china and around its neighbor countries.I think if chinese gov change its neighbor countries will also change. China is a powerful country in asian region

    by: Siminzee1 from: Australia
    March 23, 2014 8:14 AM

    "The president shared the story of a Colorado woman who wrote to him about the peace of mind she felt after her first wellness visit under her new plan."

    A young disillusioned Obama girl went for a "wellness visit" to a psychiatrist. She was advised by the treating doctor to make a movie of her emotions...post it to You Tube and then smash or burn something in the visual record to remember the transition from insanity to reality.

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/17/former-obama-groupie-burns-her-2008-campaign-t-shirt-tells-off-criminal-in-chief-106842

    There must be hundreds of thousands of these "wellness visits" as a result of Obama's presidency.

    by: Stevenssoelwin from: Cn
    March 23, 2014 4:46 AM
    china is a second largest economic country

    by: Simonzee1
    March 23, 2014 3:15 AM
    Watch this interview with the last American ambassador to the Soviet Union. He states that the U.S and E.U have been provocative.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/22581-former-us-ambassador-behind-crimea-crisis-russia-responding-to-years-of-hostile-us-policy

    Obama gave a message to the Iranian people today which talked about them deserving freedom of speech on the Internet only for a report to come out on the same day from Reporters Without Borders naming the U.S and the U.K as not maintaining Internet privacy and freedoms. Typical. These world leaders wouldn't even be fit enough to pass the fountain pen to the founding fathers. It is emarrasing Mr Obama...Merkel....Kerry and Hauge. You are a disgrace.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 23, 2014 12:23 AM
    CRAZY isn't it? ... An American can speak any vulgar language he likes, on a banner or sign, or even burn the American flag on public or government property, or a school .. (BUT?) .. they can't speak, or sing of God, or carry or put up banners or signs, that mention God?
    CRAZY isn't it? ... Free speech? .. Free Speech for who? ....... REALLY?
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    by: Nomoremonarchy from: Northwest N.J.
    March 25, 2014 12:44 PM
    America stopped being free , the moment the Government was allowed to go into your paycheck and take what they want before you even cash it. Withholding is the polite way of putting it. IN lesser circles of the Realm it is referred to as, Larceny . Even Jessie James thought enough of those he would rob , to at least wear a Mask and to take what he wanted at the point of a pistol. This gang has the Spaldings to do it bare-faced and with nothing more threatening than a smile.

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