Michelle Obama snubs meeting with China’s new first lady

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First lady Michelle Obama is behaving very oddly this week.

The hip and happening new first lady of China, Peng Liyuan, is coming to America, but Michelle won’t be meeting her, which is causing some waves with the “extremely sensitive” Chinese, the New York Times reported.


China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his “glamorous singer and military general” wife will meet with President Obama for a highly anticipated U.S.-China Summit in California Friday and Saturday. But, Michelle has decided to stay home with Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12, who finished school this week.

Understandable, of course, but a potential diplomatic faux pas, nonetheless.

The Times reported:

The Chinese “will be disappointed,” said Cheng Li, a senior fellow on China policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based research organization. “They certainly have very high expectations for this meeting.”

“There will be more coverage in China than in the United States” of the Obama-Xi visit, Mr. Li predicted, and since the Chinese are “extremely sensitive,” Mrs. Obama’s absence “certainly needs some explanation.” But, he added, the Chinese will readily accept family obligations as the reason for Mrs. Obama’s absence.

And the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported:

Zhang Ming, a political scientist from China’s Renmin University, predicted Mrs. Obama’s absence would “not go down very well” in Beijing.

“First lady diplomacy is also very important and the US side has failed to cooperate,” he said. “According to normal diplomatic etiquette this is very strange. It shouldn’t be like this.”

According to the Times, the meeting between the two presidents is more a “relationship-building” meeting than a policy setting meeting, Which makes Michelle’s absence all the more disappointing for China’s first lady.

Peng Liyuan, 50, is a popular and visible first lady and she has “elevated that role to a prominence and popularity unknown in the Communist era,” the Times article said.

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34 thoughts on “Michelle Obama snubs meeting with China’s new first lady

  1. Ronnie says:

    You can bet the Chinese know everything about the Obama's. The idiot false President Obama will make us the laughing stock of the world by himself. Obama wants to take Mrs. Rice anyway. they share deep secrets.

  2. Taxus says:

    UNDERSTANDABLE ?????????????????????? That's YOUR opinion stupid. It is NOT understandable, and it is a smack in the face of the people who have been lending money to our country. So just like everyone else that has help this family achieve success and power, the Obamas are spitting in their faces.I could throw up.

  3. Don in Chicago says:

    Obama's "family" is an embarrassment to this country's founding fathers. Get Obama's Fascist Islamic administration out of our country before hundreds of thousands of us die defending our country on it's own soil. Chain em and put them all on a plane back to Indonesia and make sure they have enough fuel to get half way.

    I'm already probably on their "list" but when I am killed by Obama's hit squad of DHS it's going to be protecting my Constitutional Right to remove a tyrannical government from my soil.

  4. we have the most uncoulth first lady in history.

  5. Ron says:

    I think moochelle knows she will be upstaged by the glamorous and well dressed lady from China and does not want to be standing next to her – it would be like a pig standing next to a rose.

  6. Ted says:

    Just a couple of things: Michelle Obama could also be part of a plan to show an independence from the Chinese influence that some of you seem to fear we can't do without. The Chinese owe about 20% of our foreign debt. They actually need us more than we need them. We are their major market. Without the US, their "Communist State", would collapse. The Chinese First Lady is an ardent Communist, that happens to live like royalty, in a Communist(?) State. A state that preaches equality of the masses and still has some of the richest billionaires in the world. Michelle Obama's meeting the Chinese First Lady could be interpreted as an official endorsement of this first lady, that has largely received her success through her husband's connections. She's famous only through her husband and having the luck to be on the winning side in Chinese Politics. By Michelle Obama staying home with her children, the "sensitive" Chinese sill get the message that the United States isn't on a string to them and doesn't need to be obligated to kiss their Chinese Communist butts. Some of you sound like you fear the Chinese. They have more serious economic and political problems than we do. Their government only stays in power because they can forbid any dissent in their population via secret police and oppressive internal military units. Every time you go into Wal Mart and buy anything that is made in China, you are supporting the Chinese Economy. You think they would be "sensitive" enough to give that up? Not.

    1. Kenneth Clark says:

      Then the Chinese first lady and Mrs. O have a tremendous amount in common. They should get along just peachie.

      It may be that Mrs. O is of the jealous sort. Could be she is so jealous of the Chinese first lady because she lives in a country just like Mr. and Mrs. O want but just can't make it happen.

  7. LHTwist says:

    By now, Moochele's intentions for her stint at the WH shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. She's only there for the free stuff.

  8. yi says:

    wow. The first lady of China flied 16 hours to visit US, and she cannot even take few hours to meet them. Disappointed will be the nicest thing to say

  9. brian says:

    Would you like to stand next to a Chinese beauty with brains ,charm and talent,if you are the direct opposite.Wise move Michelle!

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