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US First Lady Michelle Obama tours Beijing's Forbidden City

Published on Mar 21, 2014 3:20 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - United States First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters and mother to Beijing's former imperial palace on Friday, on a China tour the White House emphasises will be light on politics and heavy on personal diplomacy.

Mrs Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson were photographed along with China's own First Lady Peng Liyuan at the central pavilion of the sprawling Forbidden City, known as the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

The two women's husbands, Mr Barack Obama and Mr Xi Jinping, are expected to meet next week on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.

Xi later welcomed the first lady at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

US first lady Michelle Obama (left) and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing on March 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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