The Dos and Don’ts of Foreign Business Etiquette

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Giving a Gift

Offering a gift to a business associate in China can be tricky. The gift must be given in a group setting not in private where it can be misconstrued as a bribe. You should never use yellow wrapping with black writing because it is a symbol for death. Stay away from white, black or blue wrapping also. And never give a gift of scissors or knives, which are symbolic for severing ties, or clocks or handkerchiefs, which symbolize funerals or death.