Top 10 Tips for Conducting Business in China

By Tony Oliva
on Apr 29, 2011

In this week's free top 10 business etiquette tips, Foreign Translations, Inc. gives you a review of proper Chinese business etiquette. For those looking to significantly grow their businesses in Chinese markets, understanding the ins and outs of Chinese business etiquette is essential. Knowing proper Chinese business etiquette will help you gain new partners and clients abroad, and in turn will boost the overall success of your business. 

  1. Address colleagues by title and last name
  2. Exchange business cards at the beginning of the meeting
  3. Read business cards you receive before putting them away
  4. Shake hands lightly and only for a short amount of time
  5. Start with small talk
  6. Avoid direct eye contact
  7. Do not offer gifts, as these are considered forms of bribery
  8. Do not physically touch your Chinese colleagues
  9. When possible, offer "I'll look into that," rather than "No"
  10. China: dress in conservative, dark and simple attire


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