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Michelle Obama backs education during China trip

First Lady Michelle Obama held a roundtable with Chinese educators on the topic of education at the US Embassy in Beijing.

Obama delivered a speech at Peking University and sat down for talks with students from China and US on Saturday, part of her visit with an aim for promoting education and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

As a Harvard-educated lawyer, Obama said her parents passed on the importance of education to her.

Read: Michelle Obama backs free speech on China visit

Daughters join Michelle Obama on Summer Palace visit

US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, paid a visit to Beijing's Summer Palace today during her official week-long visit to China.

US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha visit the Summer Palace in Beijing.
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha visit the Summer Palace in Beijing. Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
Policemen stand guard as visitors take pictures of Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia.
Policemen stand guard as visitors take pictures of Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia. Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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Michelle Obama backs free speech on China visit

Michelle Obama has told students in China that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information make countries stronger and should be universal rights.

The US First Lady was speaking at Peking University in Beijing during a trip aimed at promoting educational exchanges between the US and China, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on the internet.

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at Peking University in Beijing.
US First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at Peking University in Beijing. Credit: RTV

Mrs Obama said the free flow of information is crucial "because that's how we discover truth, that's how we learn what's really happening in our communities, our country and our world".

She said it makes countries stronger "when the voices and opinions of all their citizens can be heard."

China blocks many foreign news services and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Michelle Obama arrives in China for official visit

Michelle Obama has arrived in China for an official visit with her two daughters for a week-long visit to three Chinese cities.

Accompanied by China's First Lady Madam Peng, she visited a school in Beijing and observed a lesson in robotics.

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The First Lady & Madam Peng stop by a robotics class at a high school in Beijing. #PowerOfEducation #FLOTUSinChina http://t.co/M2N4KawkHV

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Obama & Cameron's 'selfie' during Mandela memorial

President Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt take a picture of themselves during the memorial.
President Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt take a picture of themselves during the memorial. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and David Cameron appear to have been caught taking a "selfie" with the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

A photo of the trio shows them leaning in to get into the shot.

Ms Thorning-Schmidt is married to the son of former Labour leader, Lord Kinnock.

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Michelle Obama's Twitter account hit in 'shutdown'

Michelle Obama's official First Lady Twitter account has said that updates from the account will be limited due to the "shutdown" to government services across the United States.

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Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown

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