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Is hierarchy important in China?
Hierarchy is very important in China, is present in every situation, can change according to the role you are in & the situation
Is the Chinese concept of face important in China?
Face is an important concept in China that should be considered in every situation, causing face loss may cause you difficulties, giving face can repair relationships
Is conflict avoiding communication a societal norm in China?
Conflict avoiding communication is a social norm in China & to avoid misunderstandings foreigners need to adapt with careful listening, questions for confirmation and patience
Situational flexibility is a normal part of everyday life in China?
Chinese have more situational flexibility than most westerners are used to, it’s a societal norm to help navigate fast development, changing regulations and leads to testing of implementation
Is Guanxi just corruption?
Guanxi is a societal norm, built over time that helps get things done through contacts, networks & help that is expected to be reciprocated in future
Formality around names & titles is the norm in China?
Names & titles are important in China. Being more formal is safer than being less formal. Titles are often used partially or in full during conversation to show respect, if you’re not sure what name to use it’s ok to ask politely how someone would like to be addressed.
Chinese are proud of their culture & country?
Chinese are very proud of their long history & culture, are sensitive around past negative events & do look for win, win, win opportunities.
China is considered a fully developed country?
No China is considered a developing country, but economic reforms since 1978 have seen sustained economic growth, hundreds of millions lifted out of poverty, provided education & healthcare for the population . However this fast development has caused many challenges including pollution & inequality.
China is self-sufficient?
International trade is vital to China for food security, energy and many goods, services and raw materials
Is China’s population age demographic stable?
In 2012 China’s workforce began to shrink, whilst the elderly population has been growing leading to the change from a one-child to a three-child policy
China’s legal system is fully developed?
China’s legal system is still developing, the legal system is overworked, not yet equally applied & Chinese people still place high value on relationships because of this. China is highly ranked worldwide in contract law, but implementation of higher authority or international rulings can be problematic at the local level.
When communicating in English with Chinese it’s usually best to…
Speaking slower, not louder often helps, as does using simple grammar, short sentences, avoiding sayings and using standard (UK/US) English
Do all Chinese speak English?
No & although most under the age of 40 learned English at school, current ability is based on their life experiences & can vary from none to excellent. Knowing even a few Chinese phrases will improve your standing & using apps or phrasebooks can be very useful if you do not have a translator.
Do Chinese people speak & write Chinese the same worldwide?
No, there are many dialects. The official language of mainland China is Mandarin or putonghua, although Cantonese is widely used in the south. Simplified Chinese characters are used in mainland China & Singapore, whilst Taiwan & Hong Kong use traditional characters.
On the telephone the Chinese word ‘wei’ means…
Wei is used to say hello, can you hear me? and are you there?
In China, does how you present yourself matter?
Yes, your appearance is linked to your perceived status & therefore will influence how you will be treated. And dressing more formally shows respect to the people you are meeting.
Is Hosting important in China?
Hosting is very important in China. Hosting well contributes to good outcomes in relationships & business, hosting badly can have negative impact or be used to send a message.
Should goods/services and/or marketing be adapted to the China market?
Chinese buying influences & the target demographic may vary from the west so you need to adapt products, services & messaging to the China market, if you do not give your offering a Chinese name, the Chinese will make one up
Hierarchy in China…
Hierarchy in China is a societal norm which Chinese are very comfortable with as everyone is respected and knows what is expected in any given situation
China is continuing to develop & evolve, has fast changing rules that require situational flexibility in implementation. The Chinese are proud of their long history, sensitive around past negative events and see China’s current rise as returning to their natural place in the world order.