Quote Of The Day: First Lady Diplomacy


Peng Liyuan and Michelle Obama. (The Telegraph)

Peng Liyuan and Michelle Obama. (The Telegraph)

“Maybe Michelle [Obama] doesn’t like Xi Jinping—or maybe she is just really busy.”

—Zhang Ming

(The Telegraph)

Zhang Ming, a political scientist from Renmin University, on First Lady Michelle Obama’s announcement that she would not attend this week’s summit between President Barack Obama and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, a renowned performing artist often cited as a fashion icon, will be in attendance. The meeting of the first ladies had been highly anticipated by Chinese media. Some have therefore interpreted Obama’s decision to stay home as a snub.