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Michelle Obama generates Internet comment after Tibetan lunch

Published on Mar 26, 2014 6:38 PM
 
US first lady Michelle Obama (centre) is greeted by Tibetan students as they arrive at a Tibetan restaurant for lunch in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province on March 26, 2014. Mrs Obama lunched at a Tibetan restaurant in China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, prompting murmurs about "political overtones" on the country's active Internet social networks. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHENGDU, China (REUTERS) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama lunched at a Tibetan restaurant in China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, prompting murmurs about "political overtones" on the country's active Internet social networks.

Mrs Obama, her two daughters and mother visited the city of Chengdu as part of a week-long trip to China, where she has sought to promote education and boost cultural ties.

China has criticised the White House for its support for exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, denounced by Beijing as a separatist "wolf in sheep's clothing".

A senior administration official who accompanied Mrs Obama said the first lady simply wanted to meet Tibetans in Chengdu. "Tibetans are an important minority group, and there is a sizeable Tibetan community in Sichuan," the official said last weekend.

 
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