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First Lady Takes Jab At Chinese Media Censorship On Tour In China

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, the first day of her weeklong China visit, in a sign that the leaders of the world's two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds. (Photo by Andy Wong-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, the first day of her weeklong China visit, in a sign that the leaders of the world’s two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds. (Photo by Andy Wong-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – While on tour in China with her daughters and mother, First Lady Michelle Obama took an indirect jab at China’s media censorship.

China has extremely tight Internet restrictions, but Obama still spoke about the hot button issue over the weekend.

“It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the Internet and through the media,” she said on a visit to Peking University.

She continued by praising the fact that the U.S. fully embraces for all people to have freedom of speech.

“My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens, and it’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world because time and again, we have seen that countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices of — and opinions of all — their citizens can be heard,” Obama explained.

One of the goals of the first lady’s trip was to work on relationship-building between the two countries, CBS News reported. 

So far she’s met with the Chinese president and first lady, visited schools, discussed student exchanges between the U.S. and China, and visited the Great Wall of China with daughters Malia and Sasha.

“It is day three of our trip to China,” she wrote in a blog post on the White House website. “We’re still in Beijing. The length of the Great Wall of China is approximately 13,000 miles.”

The first lady also played ping pong and used the opportunity to promote physical activity on her blog as well.

“Students here are encouraged to stay fit just as we’re trying to do with our children in the United States through ‘Let’s Move,'” she said.

The family will return to the White House Wednesday.

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