|Peking Uni, Chengdu high school stops on Michelle Obama’s China trip agenda
US first lady Michelle Obama heads for China with her mother and daughters in tow on Wednesday. In the trip, she will touch on education and people-to-people connections, with some stops at historical and cultural treasures along the way, AP reports.
Tina Tchen, the first lady's chief of staff, said that stressing the shared importance of education to young people in the US and China was important not just for students but “vital for the competitiveness of our U.S. global economy.''
She is scheduled to address American and Chinese students at Peking University on Saturday about the importance of study abroad and other cultural exchanges as well as the stakes the two countries have in one another's success. She'll also hold a virtual session with American students around the world.
On March 25, Mrs Obama, a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, will visit a high school in the southwestern city of Chengdu to share her own story about overcoming obstacles to obtaining a college education, including teachers who told her she was setting her sights too high.
Along the way, Mrs Obama and the two generations of women accompanying her _ daughters Malia and Sasha and mother Marian Robinson _ will visit historic sites including the Great Wall, the famed Terra Cotta Warriors in the central city of Xian and the Chengdu Panda Base, home to about 50 pandas.
The White House is encouraging students at U.S schools to follow Mrs Obama's trip online, via the White House blog, Twitter and through PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education.
The trip also will allow her to make up for the fact that she opted to stay in Washington rather than meet with her Chinese counterpart in California last year. She'll spend Friday with Peng Liyuan, the wife of President Xi Jinping, who will take Mrs Obama on a school visit.
President Barack Obama is expected to visit later this year.