Michelle Obama's China trip takes on Tibetan theme

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BEIJING (AP) - Michelle Obama has ended her weeklong trip to China with a Tibetan theme, having lunch in a Tibetan restaurant, meeting students who presented her with a Tibetan silk scarf and tapping Tibetan prayer wheels.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, walks with her daughters Sasha, right, Malia, second from left, and her mother Marian Robinson as they are on their way to see pandas at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province Wednesday, March 26, 2014. AP Photo.

Her staff said the restaurant choice Wednesday in Chengdu city in southwest Sichuan province was in accordance with the American first lady's interest in the rights of minorities in China.

The rights of Tibetans is a touchy issue between the Chinese and U.S. governments.

President Barack Obama met with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama last month over the objections of Beijing, who reviles him as a separatist.

On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Obama, her mother and daughters visited pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base. She will return to the U.S. later Wednesday.

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