Summary of China Now

Doing Business in the World’s Most Dynamic Market

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China Now book summary
Breezy, encyclopedic guide to business in China – what’s wrong with the conventional wisdom, and what’s right.


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N. Mark Lam and John L. Graham offer an interesting, informed overview of doing business in China. The authors did some of their research on Wikipedia (a source they honestly credit), and some in popular business magazines and books, but the source that comes through is their experience. They do a good job of pulling all their material together. They begin with a summary of history, followed by advice on negotiating with background material on American and Chinese attitudes. This guidance is useful, though much of it has become familiar elsewhere. Other sections cover intellectual-property protection (or the lack thereof) and the intriguing nature of competitive factions in “Greater China.” Some of the opinions here may be chancy (i.e. the notion that if the US imposed trade sanctions, China would sell its US Treasury holdings), however, getAbstract sees the factual material as a useful background for doing business in China.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How China’s history and culture influence business;
  • How to negotiate with the Chinese;
  • How to understand all the components of “Greater China”; and
  • What the nature of intellectual-property protection in China is.


People, Events and Themes
China has a long and complex history. This sample of pivotal, important people, events and themes are touchstones you must know. These personalities shaped China’s identity: Confucius – A philosopher (circa 550 B.C.) whose ideas are cultural ...
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About the Authors

N. Mark Lam is an attorney and business adviser specializing in East-West negotiations. John L. Graham teaches international business at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California in Irvine.

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