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Tips for doing business in China

guānxì 关系

Guanxi is the first Chinese word you should learn to understand the Chinese Business Culture. The personal relation in China is very important. A good and long time connection in China will help you to develop your business faster.

gānbēi 干杯

If you want to make business in China you have to cultivate your relation with your Chinese counterpart. Chinese businessmen and authorities like to close their deal with Ganbeis.

míngpiàn 名片

The business card (Mingpian) with a Chinese name and appropriate title is the first necessary tool when doing business in China. Chinese people like to play with their language and different use of characters. Choosing without care the translation of your personal or company name can make the difference between success and failure. The same happens with your title. Hierarchy is important and people want to interface with someone on same or higher level.

diūliǎn 丟臉

Doing business in China requires understanding the culture and different communication styles. Never make a Chinese Lose the face.

nàixīn 耐心

The most important virtues that should accompany your journey into China business are Patience, Flexibility and Persistence.

yǐ mào qǔ rén 以貌取人

Stated that the personal relation is important, before finding the right partner it is necessary to get closer not only personally but also to the real business situation. All that glitters is not gold.

China pledges more than $100 billion in Belt and Road projects

China is pledging more than $100 billion to finance projects under its "One Belt, One Road" strategy, an ambitious initiative to strengthen the world's second-largest economy's investment, influence and trade links to the rest of the globe.

"China willendeavorto build a win-win business partnership with other countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative," President Xi Jinping said in his opening speech at a two-day forum on the plan. "These efforts are designed to promote growth both in our respective regions and globally." 

A spate of foreign officials and business leaders have gathered in Beijing this weekend to discuss Xi's investment initiative, first announced in 2013. The plan aims to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a vast logistics and transport network, and involves 65 countries. Together, they account for one-third of global GDP and 60 percent of the world's population, according to Oxford Economics.

In the long run, China's big pledge could "help boost global trade, investment, and financial cooperation," said the International Monetary Fund's Chistine Lagarde. "By sharing the benefits of investment and knowledge more broadly, growth will be stronger, more durable and more inclusive."

Institutions like the World Bank are also eyeing OBOR as an opportunity to seek greater investment rewards, the organization's president, Jim Yong Kim, said at the forum. He pointed to the $40 trillion in investments earning less than one percent in returns, and another half a trillion in bonds with negative interest rates.

For China, it's a move to increase global clout, shore up access to energy resources, and seek growth abroad as the domestic economy slows. The government has continually touted success stories of the initiative, with plenty of state media coverage over the years and big advertisements dotting Beijing in the days leading up to the weekend forum.

Total trade between China and other "One Belt, One Road" countries has already hit more than $3 trillion from 2014 to 2016, and China's investment in those countries has surpassed $50 billion, Xi said. Under the strategy, China has also set up 56 economic cooperation zones in 20 countries, which it claims have yielded $1.1 billion in tax revenues and have created 180,000 jobs in those nations.

Critics have raised concerns that China is simply exporting abroad its model of growth — ordering credit lines open and building massively — an action plan that has created a giant debt load for the country.

A big unknown is what the rewards look like — whether these countries will be able to pay China back, and if lenders have the know-how to manage credit risk. If those projects fail to deliver as expected, bad debts could create a strain.

But none of this has prevented domestic and foreign firms from piling in, hoping to reap some benefits as Beijing has given its blessing. That's a welcome move for some companies looking abroad as tighter capital controls have scuttled some recent international investments.



(dāng jú zhě mí, páng guān zhě qīng)
The spectators see more of the game than the players.
A person involved in a matter does not have a comprehensive overview of it, while the onlookers, who are less involved, have a better grasp of what is going on.