Those hoping for a First Ladies photo-op this weekend at the meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jingping will be disappointed, as Michelle Obama will not be flying to California with her husband, the New York Times reports.
Michelle Obama plans instead to stay at home with their daughters, her office said.
The Chinese “will be disappointed,” Cheng Li, a senior fellow on China policy at the Brookings Institution, told the Times (so will Julian Gewirtz).
China’s first lady Peng Liyuan, who has often been compared to Michelle Obama, as well as former French first lady Carla Bruni, and Beyoncé, will still be in attendance.
Peng has been on tour with her husband in Latin America this past week, courting the media as well as heads of state. She caused a sensation when she joined in with a band playing steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago, and posed for adorable photos with her husband in Costa Rica.
The meeting between the two presidents is meant to be an informal one, allowing the two men to get to know each other in a way that is rare between Chinese and US leaders.
Experts at Brookings predict that the conversation will focus on “North Korea, the economic relationship and its various manifestations bilaterally and multilaterally, and cyber issues.”
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