Doing business always involves meeting and greeting people. In China, meetings start with the shaking of hands and a slight nod of the head. Be sure not to be overly vigorous when shaking hands as the Chinese will interpret this as aggressive.
The Chinese are not keen on physical contact - especially when doing business. The only circumstance in which it may take place is when a host is guiding a guest. Be sure not to slap, pat or put your arm around someone's shoulders.
Body posture should always be formal and attentive as this shows you have self-control and are worthy of respect.
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Business card, in Chinese called ("Ming Pian"), is presented when everyone first meet. Or in other word, Business cards are exchanged after the initial introduction. Your business card should include your title. If your company is the oldest or largest in your country, that fact should be stated on your card. And then, the business card should have one side translated into Chinese using simplified Chinese characters that are printed in gold ink since gold symbolizes auspicious for Chinese. No matter you give or received the business cards, you must have a look at it and hold it in both hands before putting it on the table next to you or in a business card case. It is demeaning to put someone's card directly into your pocket without looking at it. So, please do not do that.
Ok, let’s get started. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for coming today. My name is Jonathan Lee, and I am the General Manager of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC). What I want to do this afternoon is to talk to you about the etiquette of conducting business in China. First and foremost, I would like to talk about the Meeting in China. Doing Business in China - Meetings
Meetings must be made in advance. Before you do business in foreign country, you should...