Something I found extraordinarily annoying, really hard to stomach, and terribly counter productive, is the tendency for some Chinese partners and suppliers to blurt out what ones knows is definitely a lie, rather then simply state the facts and subsequently determine what to do about them.
If I were worried about one single element of doing business in China today, it wouldn’t be inflation, rising costs, rising fuel prices or the cost of labor. It would be rising Chinese nationalism.
As China develops (well, some parts of China anyways) and Starbucks Coffee keeps putting up more coffee shops (Did you know there are already 55 in Beijing alone?), its easy to forget what really lays just beneath the surface. For all the talk of the “fast pace of development” once you leave Starbucks, nothing really […]