News / Asia

    US First Lady Set for Education-Focused Trip to China

    US First Lady Set for Education Focused Trip to Chinai
    X
    Guofu Yang
    March 18, 2014 8:05 PM
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to start a week-long visit to China focusing on education. But her trip is not expected to feature controversial subjects, such as human rights. Colin Lovett narrates this report by VOA's Guofu Yang.
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to start a week-long visit to China focusing on education. Her trip is not expected to feature controversial subjects, such as human rights.

    Last week the White House announced Michelle Obama would take her mother and two daughters to China from March 19 to March 26, for a trip that will focus on culture and education.

    While visiting a special Chinese language school in Washington this month, Mrs. Obama emphasized that no matter where she traveld, she was most concerned with education, and traveling to China would be no exception.

    Click to enlargeClick to enlarge
    x
    Click to enlarge
    Click to enlarge
    Center for Strategic and International Studies Asia Affairs Advisor Bonnie Glaser believed that making visits without political overtones has been a consistent way of doing things for the first lady.  

    "I think that Michelle Obama has made two prior trips abroad. She has not focused on controversial issues anywhere. And she has not really given public speeches. So I don't think she will give a public speech in China. I think she prefers to focus on specific issues that are important to her, and education is clearly her priority on this trip," she said.

    Glaser said that Sino-American relations were complex, but that Michelle Obama may reinforce the U.S.-China relationship in a broader way.

    "She will do what she can to strengthen the U.S.-China relationship. And particularly people-to-people exchanges. This is an agenda item that has been identified both by Beijing and Washington as being important for the relationship. To have more exchanges between youth, between experts and all walks of life. And so I think she will contribute to that part of the relationship," she said.

    Controversial statements from a U.S. First Lady are not unheard of.

    In 1995, then-U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton visited Beijing and participated in the U.N.’s 4th World Conference on Women. While there, she caused controversy by attacking China’s human rights record.

    Laura Bush normally avoided controversial remarks. While visiting the Burma-Thailand border region six years ago, however, she criticized Beijing for not putting enough pressure on the then military government in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

    Mrs. Obama and her family will visit Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu. They also will meet with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Mandarin service.

    You May Like

    Self-doubt, Cultural Barriers Hinder Cambodian Women in Tech

    Longtime Cambodian tech observer Sok Sikieng says that although more women have joined profession in recent years, there remain significant factors hindering women from reaching tech potential

    Trans-Adriatic Pipeline to Boost European Energy Security

    $4.5 billion-pipeline will become operational in 2020 and will deliver gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field to southern Italy

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Annual festival showcases the region's harvested agriculture, fine wines and offers opportunities to experience the gentle breeze in a hot air balloon flight

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora