Business meetings in China

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Appointments are a must for in China. If possible, schedule
meetings a week . Since the Chinese want to know whom they
will be meeting, provide details on titles, positions and of
attendees ahead of time. Agreeing on an before the meeting can
also be useful. If you are trying to meet with company executives or high-
ranking , be prepared for extensive back-and-forth communication
until everything is . Do not meetings or cancel at short notice.
Telephone is the most convenient and efficient way to make an . E-mail contact is also
used, but a call has to follow since many Chinese don’t have the of checking their
e-mails regularly.
Punctuality expectations largely the meeting participants’ status and rank. The Chinese
are careful not to a senior manager’s time. Meetings with lower-level managers are typically
more and may not even have a set start time. Being late to a meeting or social event without
having a valid and plausible can be a serious affront, so it’s usually best to show up right on
time or 5-10 minutes earlier.
The business are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Since some companies run a
flexible schedule, it’s better to meetings from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1:30 PM to
5:30 PM. Lunch hour is usually around 12:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Conservative suits with dark colours are the norm. Bright colours should be in business
meetings. Men should suits and ties to formal events; dinner jackets are not a part of Chinese
business culture. Women should avoid strapless tops or miniskirts. The Chinese on women
who display too much. Jeans and trainers are not acceptable for business meetings either, but it’s
OK to wear those when you visit a .
Today, official policy in Chinese business culture forbids giving gifts which can be as
bribery, an illegal act in this country...