Doing Business in China - Top Ten Do's
The following is a list of "Do's" I have compiled from over 25 years of doing business in Greater China in general and in PR China specifically: DO # 1 - Be Prepared for the Great Firewall of China. Install two (2) VPNs on your devices and computers. Download content that you might want to access beforehand onto devices -- or print out hard copies of said content!
DO # 2 - Install WeChat, China's killer app for everything.
DO # 3 - Do hire translators or interpreters - your own!
DO # 4 - Prepare an extra supply of your medication (including GI - gastrointestinal meds).
DO # 5 - Do shop around - vendors, partners, interpreters, consultants, hotels, etc.
DO # 6 - Do assume unbelievably low prices are achievable. "Getting to Yes" doesn't work in China.
DO # 7 - Do investigate trademark protection in China ASAP. Don't wait.
DO # 8 - Do use NNNs - non-disclosure, non-use, non-circumvention.
DO # 9 - Make sure agreements are at least bilingual if not in Chinese.
DO # 10 - Compliance - Follow the letter and spirit of the law - even if your local partners don't.
I will flesh out and elucidate these action items in subsequent blog posts.