According to this BBC article, a visit by two top U.S. officials caused quite a stir with Chinese netizens about formalities, modesty and the true nature of public servants.
A photograph of new US Ambassador to China Gary Locke ordering coffee and carrying his own backpack generated thousands of online comments.
A visit by Vice-President Joe Biden to a small Beijing eatery fuelled debate.
Many praised the informality of the two men's actions, contrasting them with status-conscious Chinese officials.
It was Mr Locke's arrival in China that started the debate.
After being photographed at the airport in Seattle ordering coffee with his young daughter, the new ambassador arrived in Beijing at the weekend.
His family carried their own bags from the airport and were then driven away in a minivan.
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