Stephen Philips: China offers huge opportunity but it remains one of the most challenging places to do business in the world.
Chris Runckel: I think on the surface things can often look very similar but when you although get into the actual agreement and how things really work in practice instead of theory I think you really find that business is still quite different in many respects.
Tony Dickel: In China, particularly in the mainland contracts are less important than relationships so it’s a Guanxi basis idea. Guanxi means connections in Chinese and the culture is really driven by connections and the culture really kind of… the moral code that exists between someone’s extended connections replaces the contractual code that tends to govern what goes on in the West.
Chris Runckel: Dealing with Chinese is very different than dealing with Vietnamese or dealing with Thai’s or Koreans, Malaysians, each one of them has differences. Also in many of these countries you’re dealing with not only say in the case of Thailand you’re dealing with Thai’s but so much of the business was originally started and has been monopolised to some extent by Chinese Thai’s so you’re dealing with a sub set really of the larger population and you have to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with them.
Chee Weng Lee: Think globally but you should act locally and the reason I say that is as a foreign investor coming in and you are new to the culture, when you ask one of your employees or your joint venture partners, in the way you talk with them, in the way you interact with them, you have to sometimes be careful with …