Visiting Mrs Obama sparks minor security alert

BEIJING - Visiting US First Lady Michelle Obama held a meeting yesterday at the US Embassy with Chinese educators and families, after her arrival there sparked a minor security alert.

Two people just outside the embassy began shouting as her motorcade pulled in.

US officials have stressed that the visit by Mrs Obama - who is accompanied by her daughters and mother - is not meant to touch on politics.

Since arriving in the Chinese capital on Thursday night, she has played table tennis with students and toured the Forbidden City with her counterpart, Ms Peng Liyuan.

But she briefly trod political ground in a speech on Saturday morning at Peking University's Stanford Centre.

Mrs Obama told a crowd of about 200 students: "When it comes to expressing yourself freely, worshipping as you choose and having open access to information - we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet."