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Michelle Obama meets Chinese president Xi and wife

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 21, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, third from right, her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, second from right, is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, left, at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with excited students who were building robots and tried her hand at Chinese calligraphy Friday during a tour of a Beijing high school.

BEIJING — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, the first day of her week-long China visit, in a sign that the leaders of the world's two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds.

The formal meeting between Xi and Mrs. Obama, in the company of Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, and the first lady's daughters and mother, took place in a state guesthouse after Mrs. Obama toured a Beijing high school and the former Imperial Palace with her host Peng.

"I cherish my sound working relationship and personal friendship I already established with your husband," Xi said. "We stay in close touch between phone conversations and correspondence."

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 21, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

ht tp://ww w.washingtontimes.c om/news/2014/mar/20/obama-ladies-touch-down-china-amid-taxpaid-trip-up/

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Hogdude says... March 21, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.

Was this trip at taxpayer expense necessary? And mama goes, too? Is this a great country or what?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 21, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.

Michelle Blankcheck Obama.

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