US first lady hosts education roundtable in China

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US first lady hosts education roundtable in China
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, left, as they climb the steps at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, left, as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama shares a light moment with her daughters Malia, front, and Sasha as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, left, as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, walks with her daughters Malia, front, and Sasha as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center right, drinks water as U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, center left, speaks during a round table discussion on education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, center left, attend a round table discussion on education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a round table discussion on education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, speaks next to U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, left, as they attend a round table discussion on education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, speaks during a round table discussion on education at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, from left, and her daughters Malia and Sasha applaud as they watch a Peking opera performance with a group of American schoolchildren who are visiting China during their spring break, at the Summer Palace in Beijing, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smiles after she gave a speech at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
A crowd of Chinese tourists take photos outside a security line as a team of paramilitary policemen guard an entrance to the Summer Palace, closed for public during the visit of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves to a group of American schoolchildren who are visiting China during their spring break before they watch a Peking opera performance at the Summer Palace in Beijing, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, second from left, applauds as she and her daughters Malia, third from left, Sasha, fourth from left, and her mother Marian Robinson, second from right, watch a Peking opera performance with a group of American schoolchildren who are visiting China during their spring break, at the Summer Palace in Beijing, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, applauds as Jamar Everett, bottom right, from Queens College speaks during a a virtual discussion with Chinese and American youth at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. First lady Michelle Obama told students in China, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on the Internet, that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information make countries stronger and should be universal rights. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, gestures as she enters a room to participate in a virtual discussion with Chinese and American youth at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Max Baucus, third from left, the new U.S. Ambassador to China, is seated with students. First lady Michelle Obama told students in China, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on the Internet, that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information make countries stronger and should be universal rights.(AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, listens to Liu Boyu, left, a Chinese student studying at Peking University, during a virtual discussion with Chinese and American youth at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama poses for photos when she receives a gift, a book entitled The History of Chinese Civilization, from Zhu Shanlu, Communist Party chief of Peking University, following her speech at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama reacts after she gave a speech at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Stanford Center in Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, delivers a speech at Stanford Center in Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, third from right, greets a group of American schoolchildren who are visiting China during their spring break, before they watch a Peking opera performance at the Summer Palace in Beijing, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, seated second from back in the row on the right, participates in a a virtual discussion with Chinese and American youth at Stanford Center in the Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014. First lady Michelle Obama told students in China, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on the Internet, that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information make countries stronger and should be universal rights. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and his wife Peng Liyuan, right, show the way to U.S. first lady Michelle Obama as they proceed to a meeting room at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center left, her daughters Malia, right, Sasha, left, Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson, second left, pose for photos with Chinese President Xi Jinping, center right, and his wife Peng Liyuan, second right, at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, second from left, her mother Marian Robinson, left, share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photo session at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, third from right, shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from left, as Michelle Obama's daughters Malia, right, Sasha, second right, Peng Liyuan, wife of Xi Jinping, left, look on before they proceed to a meeting 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. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shows U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to go abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, her daughters Sasha, left, Malia, second from left, Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson, right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photos at Forbidden City in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, her daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, second from left, meet with Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping as they pay visit to the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend university abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photos at Forbidden City in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, walk together at Forbidden City in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, foreground right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, foreground right, share a light moment as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to go abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, second from left, is accompanied by Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from right, watch students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend universities abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, is greeted by Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping upon arrival at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend university abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shows U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to go abroad in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, fourth from left, her daughters Sasha, left, Malia, second from left, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, third from left, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
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. Michelle Obama has arrived in Beijing with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)
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. Michelle Obama has arrived in Beijing with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, left, gestures as she and her daughter Sasha, right, leave their plane at Capital International Airport in Beijing Thursday, March 20, 2014. Michelle Obama has arrived in Beijing with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, front left, laughs with her mother and daughters as they leave their plane at Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Parker Sun, Pool)
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BEIJING (AP) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told Chinese professors, students and parents on Sunday that she wouldn't have risen to where she was if her parents hadn't pushed for her to get a good education.

Mrs. Obama made her comments before hosting a discussion about education on the third day of a weeklong visit to the country aimed at promoting educational exchanges between the U.S. and China. She also walked a section of the Great Wall with her two daughters.

"Education is an important focus for me. It's personal, because I wouldn't be where I am today without my parents investing and pushing me to get a good education," the first lady said. "My parents were not educated themselves, but one of the things they understood was that my brother and I needed that foundation."

She said she and her husband wanted as many young people as possible in the United States and the world to have access to education.

She then hosted a roundtable with a handful of Chinese professors, students and parents at an event at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that was attended by new U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus and closed to the media.

In the afternoon, Mrs. Obama, her mother and her two daughters visited a section of the Great Wall in the northern Beijing suburbs. She and daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, were given time alone to walk on the wall.

On Saturday, Mrs. Obama gave a 15-minute speech at China's prestigious Peking University in which she promoted the free flow of information and freedom of speech, the only time during her trip that she has brought up a contentious issue. China routinely filters out information deemed offensive by the government and silences dissenting voices.

Those remarks by Mrs. Obama were absent from China's state media but were circulating in social media, where they were widely praised.

The trip, the first time a U.S. president's wife has independently visited China, also has given Mrs. Obama an opportunity to engage with President Xi Jinping's wife, Peng Liyuan.

On Friday, the two first ladies toured a Beijing high school, where Mrs. Obama tried her hand at calligraphy and pingpong and visited with students who had built robots. She also met with Xi that evening.

Mrs. Obama will visit the cities of Xi'an and Chengdu before returning to Washington on Wednesday.
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