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10 Subtle Cultural Mistakes You May Make Doing Business in China

Photographer: epSos.de/Flickr
Photographer: epSos.de/Flickr

Any preconceived notion of China by Western businesspeople is a falsification, for China is infinitely more complex a place than can be imagined. Eden Collinsworth should know. She moved to Beijing in 2011, launched an intercultural communication consultancy, and wrote a best-selling Western etiquette guide for Chinese businesspeople -- learning a whole lot about her herself in the process. She compiles her experiences in a new book out today, “I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson.”

Here, she reveals those top 10 trip-ups and cultural hiccups that may mar your next business trip -- and how to avoid them. (Step one: don’t forget those bi-lingual business cards.) You're probably making a mistake in China if you are: