China 101


Next week, I start a series of posts themed “China 101”. The articles
in this series will cover a wide range of topics relevant to foreign
businesses in China: what you should consider when deciding on your
legal entity, tax issues, quality control, negotiation – just to
mention a few.

In order to bring these articles to you I have contacted a number of
experts in different fields, and they have crafted their articles
trying to sum up all the basic information they feel you should know
about their areas of expertise.

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regular updates on this blog

If you have a view, or some lessons learned, from your own “China 101”
days, do share it by commenting on the series.  And if you believe you
could contribute with your own article, just drop me a line.Have a nice weekend.



Today I would like to draw your attention to a new page I have added to the blog.


I am doing this in order to encourage all of you who read this blog to share your very valuable China business and work experience with this online community.

This is what you will find when you check the page:



Share your China business and work experiencewith this online community.

Have you gone through the blog and thought “Right! That happened to me too. I wish I had known then”? In that case, it may be time to share those valuable lessons you have learnt on the ground about working or doing business in China. 

How can you contribute?

Send me an email to discuss the topic of your contribution. Your article, list of tips or lessons will surely be a great help to others!

Do not worry about your text length or style. The important thing is that your experiencecan help others navigate this interesting yet complicated marketplace


So,  do not wait. You can start contributing now

Christmas Wishes and China Business Books

Christmas is here so in case anybody is looking for books to add to the Christmas wish list, these are a couple of recommendations (both of them really good China business books):

China Entrepreneur. Voices of Experience from 40 International Business Pioneers” by Juan Antonio Fernandez and Laurie Underwood
Insights and anecdotes based on in-depth interviews to successful expatriate entrepreneurs.

Business Leadership in China. How to Blend Best Western Practices with Chinese Wisdom” by Frank T. Gallo
Based on interviews and the author´s own China experience, brings a lot of insights on Chinese managerial styles and presents advice on how to blend best western management practices with Chinese wisdom.


wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012
from Shanghai!

The Sound of Silence …

Those of you who follow this blog would have realized by now that it has gone silence for the last few months.

I would really like to apologize about it. Some unexpected development kept me out of China and/or fully focused on other priorities. I’m eager to resume writing about China, probably not that often in the next 2 or 3 months… back definitely back.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming articles.

New Page Added: Blog Index

In order to help navigation and topics search, I’ve added a page to the blog that will list all published posts and its links.
Blog Index
I will update this list once a month so for the latest posts you will still need to check “Recent Post” on the side navigation bar. Each post will come under one of the following categories (will probably add new categories in the future):
1. Rep Office/ WFOEs
2. Getting Started in China
3. Negotiating/ Dealing with Suppliers
4. Selling & Marketing in China
5. Intellectual Property
6. Human Resources
7. China Industries/ Business Strategy
8. Business Environment

Hope it helps… And enjoy the reading!