First Lady Michelle Obama, who headed to China on March 19th, continues her official visit this week, with the trip set to conclude on Wednesday.
"Over the past five years as First Lady, I've traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey," Mrs. Obama posted on whitehouse.gov. "With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage."
Our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world, she said.
"Companies here in America do business with – and compete with – companies across the globe. With the click of a button, you can connect with kids on every continent, and last year alone, more than 283,000 American high school and college students studied in more than 190 different countries (China is actually the fifth most popular place for American students to study abroad, and more students come from China to study in the U.S. than from any other country)," Mrs. Obama wrote.
"And no matter what country we live in, we're all facing so many of the same challenges – from ensuring that students get a good education; to fighting poverty, hunger and disease; to addressing threats to our planet like climate change."
Before and during the trip, the first lady has emphasized the importance of youth.
"These issues affect every last one of us, so it's critically important that young people ... learn about what's going on not just here in America, but around the world," said Mrs. Obama.
Speaking directly to young people, she said, "Because when it comes to the challenges we face, soon, all of you will be leading the way. You'll be discovering the cures, inventing the technologies, building the businesses, and making the laws that will shape our future for generations to come. And you'll need to do these things together, working with others around the world – so you'll need to be familiar with cultures,
The tech-savvy White House has the first lady set up to post a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos, and enabling her to take – and answer – questions from kids across America along the way.
To hook up with here, the first lady says:
• Go to WhiteHouse.gov to check out my travel blog, and you can even sign up for a daily email update delivered to your inbox.
• Explore educational resources about China and join virtual events with PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education.
• Follow me on Twitter @FLOTUS and on Instagram @MichelleObama for the latest updates from the road and for chances to ask questions during the visit.