Beijing - US First Lady Michelle Obama has told students
in the Chinese capital that freedom of speech and religion and access to
information should be universal rights, and help make countries stronger.
Obama was speaking on Saturday at Peking University in
Beijing during a trip aimed at promoting student exchanges.
She said the free flow of information is crucial,
"Because that's how we discover truth. That's how we learn what's really
happening in our communities, our country and our world."
She says it makes countries stronger "when the
voices and opinions of all their citizens can be heard”.
China has some of the world's tightest controls on
speech, blocking off foreign news sites and many foreign social media sites.
Its army of censors routinely filters out information
deemed off-limits by the government.