First Lady Michelle Obama sent her regrets to Chinese First Lady Madame Peng Liyuan, saying she was sorry that she missed meeting her during the just-completed summit between President Obama and Peng’s husband, Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Mrs. Obama failed to make the trip with Obama out to the summit, which was held Friday and Saturday in Palm Springs, California.
No reason was given for the absence, a breach of protocol that caused a minor uproar in China. According to the Associated Press, “disappointment over Mrs. Obama’s absence was palpable if not vehement in some Chinese mainstream and social media.”
A White House official said Michelle wrote a letter to Madame Peng “welcoming here to the United States.”
Mrs. Obama then invited herself to China, saying she regretted missing the Chinese first lady this weekend “but hopes to have the chance to visit China and meet Madame Peng sometime soon.”