10 Tips to Do Business in China

1. Understand China’s Geographic Diversity

Chinese people at a tourists’ attraction

Chinese people at a tourists’ attraction

  • China is massive and diverse
  • Interior provinces differ from coastal provinces
  • Southern provinces differ from northern and western provinces in:
    • Consumption levels
    • Habits
    • Business culture
  • Target specific markets rather than assuming a uniform “1 billion+” market

2. Recognize Different Types of Chinese Companies

African and Chinese entrepreneurs shaking hands

African and Chinese entrepreneurs shaking hands

  • Avoid generalizing “Chinese companies”
  • Distinguish companies based on structure
    • Central Government state-owned enterprises
    • Local state-owned enterprises
    • Private companies
    • Joint-stock companies
  • Each type has unique:
    • Operating methods
    • Decision-making processes
    • Strengths and weaknesses

3. Learn from Other Foreign Firms

  • Don’t reinvent the wheel
  • Study both success stories and failures
  • Use this knowledge to complement due diligence

Starbucks Reserve in China

Starbucks Reserve in China

4. Be Proactive in Approaching Chinese Markets

  • Don’t wait for Chinese companies to come to you
  • Take the initiative to venture into China
  • Remember that not all Chinese companies abroad represent the strongest firms

Two businessmen talking

Two businessmen talking

5. Educate Chinese Partners About Your Market

  • Most Chinese firms may have limited knowledge of your own country
  • Explain your project’s value proposition
  • Provide substantial information to validate your assertions

African and Chinese entrepreneurs partners chatting

African and Chinese entrepreneurs chatting

6. Understand China’s Investment Regulations

  • For inbound investment, consult the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalog
  • For outbound investment, be aware of regulations affecting Chinese firms abroad

One Belt One Road business expo

One Belt One Road business expo

7. Engage Local Legal Expertise

  • Hire a local lawyer for larger transactions, especially inbound investments
  • Ensure they understand China’s evolving regulations in your specific industry

Chinese and African legal professionals

Chinese and African legal professionals

8. Find a Reliable Local Partner

  • Success often depends on having a good local partner
  • Conduct thorough due diligence
  • Understand potential partners’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Establish clear conflict-resolution mechanisms
  • Have an exit plan in case of failure

Chinese and African leaders talking business

Chinese and African leaders talking business

9. Learn Chinese Business Culture Basics

  • Understand formalities and negotiation tactics
  • Recognize cultural differences that may impact business

An ongoing Chinese business meeting

An ongoing Chinese business meeting

10. Exercise Patience

  • China’s business environment is unique
  • Success depends on understanding:
    • Channels to market
    • Local regulations
    • Market segmentation
    • Supply lines
  • Take time to comprehend these factors thoroughly

An African and a Chinese person laughing while chatting

An African and a Chinese person laughing while chatting

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