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The inner Locke: Exclusive interview

Updated: 2012-08-31 13:52
By Christie Lee ( chinadaily.com.cn)

Gary Locke is probably the most high profile United States ambassador to date in Beijing. Not only were all eyes on him as soon as he arrived, attention has also been trained on his family, especially on his wife. Mike Peters talked to Mona Locke in the China Daily studio on Aug 29.

When the state of Washington in the United States elected the first Chinese-American governor in American history in 1997, the large Asian-American community was beside itself. But that was nothing compared to 2011, when the same man was sent to take up residence at the US embassy in Beijing.

Gary Locke was already an Internet sensation even before he arrived in Beijing, thanks to "that infamous cup of coffee or latte he bought at Starbucks at the Seattle airport", his wife Mona said, looking back on their first year at the embassy.

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