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Friday 29 August 2014

Web access a universal right - Obama

Published 23/03/2014 | 01:05

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures in front of a Chinese national flag after giving a speech at the Peking University in Beijing, March 22, 2014. U.S. first lady met her Chinese counterpart on Friday, a long-anticipated encounter during a week-long trip to promote education and cultural ties. Michelle Obama, who is visiting China with her mother and two daughters, is expected to forgo discussion of trade, human rights and the tangle of other issues that have weighed on U.S.-China relations. Instead, she plans to focus on building goodwill through soft diplomacy. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures in front of a Chinese national flag after giving a speech at the Peking University in Beijing

Michelle Obama has declared that access to the internet should be a universal right, in a rare and controversial foray into the world of international politics during a cultural visit to China.

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The US first lady, who is on a week-long trip to the communist state with her daughters and mother, risked upsetting her hosts in Beijing by declaring access to information as a birthright.

During a speech at Peking University's Stanford Centre, she called for greater freedoms while refraining from a direct attack on the controls over information in China.

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