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Web access a universal right - Obama

Published 23/03/2014 | 01:05

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures in front of a Chinese national flag after giving a speech at the Peking University in Beijing
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.

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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