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Michelle Obama pushes soft diplomacy on visit to China

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (center L), her daughters Sasha (L), Malia, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, (3rd L), meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, (R), at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (center L), her daughters Sasha (L), Malia, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, (3rd L), meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, (R), at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21,...more

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (center L), her daughters Sasha (L), Malia, U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, (3rd L), meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan, (R), at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) as Michelle Obama's daughters Malia (R), Sasha, Peng Liyuan (L), wife of Xi Jinping, look on before they proceed to a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) as Michelle Obama's daughters Malia (R), Sasha, Peng Liyuan (L), wife of Xi Jinping, look on before they proceed to a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in...more

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) as Michelle Obama's daughters Malia (R), Sasha, Peng Liyuan (L), wife of Xi Jinping, look on before they proceed to a meeting at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R) is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R) is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R) is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis as Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, looks on during a visit of Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universities abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis as Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, looks on during a visit of Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universities abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014....more

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis as Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, looks on during a visit of Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universities abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia meet with Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as they pay a visit to Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universitoes abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia meet with Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as they pay a visit to Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universitoes abroad, in...more

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia meet with Peng Liyuan (R), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as they pay a visit to Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students for universitoes abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/ Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/ Pool

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/ Pool
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Peng LiyuaN (L), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, shows U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold the writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school which prepares students for university abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

Peng LiyuaN (L), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, shows U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold the writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school which prepares students for...more

Peng LiyuaN (L), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, shows U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold the writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School, a school which prepares students for university abroad, in Beijing March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
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