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Michelle Obama speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday. (

Michelle Obama, often criticized for her overly cautious comments while abroad, made clear Saturday that China will be unable to advance its education goals without easing Internet restrictions and allowing greater freedom of expression.

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Obama did not cite China specifically, and she prefaced her comments by noting that the United States must "respect the uniqueness" of other cultures and societies.

"But when it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshiping as you choose, and having open access to information -- we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet," Obama said.

Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia (right) Sasha (left), and her mother Marian Robinson (second from left) pose for photos with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, March 21, 2014. (Andy Wong / Pool/EPA)

Michelle Obama was greeted here first by clear air and a blue sky, a rarity and coincidence that locals celebrated. And second by President Xi Jinping and his wife, and Obama's counterpart, Peng Liyuan, who hosted Obama for the day.

Xi met Obama Friday evening before the two first ladies had dinner and watched a traditional Chinese cultural performance at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, which is used by Chinese officials to host visiting heads of state.

Michelle Obama Arrives in China for Start of 6-Day Tour

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, front left, her daughters Sasha, front right, Malia, right in the back, and Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson, left in the back, arrive at Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)

First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she will refrain from talking about political differences.

Mrs. Obama, who flew Wednesday from Washington, D.C., is making a week-long trip to three Chinese cities and will speak with children at several schools about the importance of education and youth empowerment.

The U.S. first lady has several activities and events scheduled Friday with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan.

Michelle Obama will appear in the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet to promote the "Let's Move!" initiative. (The White House / Amanda Lucidon)

by Meredith Blake
The Los Angeles Times

She's already been on Fallon, Leno, Letterman and Colbert, and now First Lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance in the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's consistently adorable and increasingly popular counter-programming to the Super Bowl. 

The network announced this week that Obama hosted a "training camp" at the White House, attended by first dogs Bo and Sunny, 12 first- and second-graders from D.C.'s Harriet Tubman Elementary School and 13 undoubtedly cute shelter puppies.

Michelle Obama Speaks at Fundraiser in Los Angeles

by Seema Mehta
The Los Angeles Times

First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged supporters in Los Angeles to donate money to boost Democratic prospects in the 2014 midterm election, saying such efforts were crucial to President Obama's ability to accomplish the goals he laid out in his State of the Union speech the night before.

"We need to be engaged right from the beginning, and this is where all of you here tonight come in. This is your part, because there is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference.... You can write a check, do you hear me?" she said Wednesday evening, drawing laughter from the crowd of about 200 people. "That's what you need to do; I'm serious. Write a big, fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write."

by David Jackson

There will be some special guests Wednesday at the White House: Elmo and Rosita.

The Sesame Street characters will join first lady Michelle Obama for an event to promote the marketing of healthier foods to children, according to the White House.

Michelle Obama Hosts Spouses of World Leaders in Harlem

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a luncheon at The Studio Museum of Harlem Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013 in New York. The first lady hosted the event for spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government participating in the UN General Assembly. (Tina Fineberg/ Associated Press)

The Associated Press

Extolling the virtues of Harlem's rich cultural history, Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for the spouses of foreign dignitaries Tuesday in the historic New York City neighborhood she described as "quintessentially American."

The first lady spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government who are attending the UN General Assembly. The group toured The Studio Museum in Harlem, which was founded in 1968 by artists and civic and community leaders to provide space for modern and contemporary black art.

First Lady Encourages Marketing of Healthy Food to Kids

by Darlene Superville
The Associated Press

Michelle Obama used the power of her bully pulpit Wednesday to push food companies and television broadcasters to do more to promote healthier foods to children - and to do it faster.

Research shows food marketing is a leading cause of childhood obesity because the ads and promotions lead impressionable kids to then pester their parents to eat what they saw on TV, consumer advocates say.

Michelle Obama Convenes White House Summit on Food Marketing

Pictured: In this July 10, 2013, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama speaks to mayors and other officials about the initiative, "Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties," in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin

by Darlene Superville
The Associated Press

Michelle Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options.

Concerned about the nation's childhood obesity issues, the first lady on Wednesday is convening the first White House summit on food marketing to children to get involved parties talking about how to help consumers make healthier food choices. That includes enlisting the persuasive power of the multimillion-dollar food marketing industry.

First Lady Visits USO Center in Virginia

by Darlene Superville
The Associated Press

Michelle Obama drew a pair of construction paper hands for a project with military children during a 9/11 visit to a USO center at the Army's Fort Belvoir.

The first lady said she wanted to highlight the organization's work on behalf of wounded service members and their families.

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