First lady plans March 19-26 visit to China

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama plans a weeklong visit to China this month that includes meetings with China’s first lady and high school and university students.

It will be her first visit ever to the Asian economic powerhouse.

The White House says Mrs. Obama will travel from March 19-26. She will spend several days in the capital of Beijing, followed by stops in the central city of Xian (SHEE’-ahn) and the southwestern city of Chengdu. Her schedule includes a meeting with Peng Liyuan (puhng LEE’-yoo-en), the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

Mrs. Obama will focus on education during stops at a university and a high school in Beijing and at a high school in Chengdu.

She will be accompanied by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.