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February 19, 2008

Comments

Thomas Chow

I disagree. Guanxi is not dead. It is just nearly impossible for us foreigners (ABC's 99.99% of the time included) for us to tap into. For those who do have the networks and connections, it is quite alive and well. (though perhaps more subtle)

Travis Hodgkins

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify my blanket statement, Mr. Chow. I believe guanxi is dead in terms of it being something that can dazzle expats with dreams of making it rich in China. Trying to break into Chinese guanxi is like trying to catch a leprechaun with the hope that he will lead you to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Guanxi is dead in the sense that expats just aren't buying into it anymore, which is why I said it applies to an era of foreign investment that has come and gone.

I also think that traditional Chinese guanxi is eroding and becoming less important. The intricate network of family relations is less important because more education and more industry means greater opportunity. We all need to network but we don't need our second cousin once removed to get a us a government job because there is ample opportunity to make it on our own, and the same is becoming true in China.

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