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Subtle Cultural Cues You Should Know if You're Dealing With Chinese Suppliers

Chinese Product & Manufacturer Sourcing

Cultural I.Q. is an important aspect of a business. This is especially true if you're dealing with a potential long-term client or supplier.

Fortunately, we came upon this a fascinating piece. It deals exactly with cultural subtleties that you may encounter when dealing with Chinese suppliers for your importing business. Here's one example of a big cultural no-no:

The pinky finger can cause offence in China. You shouldn’t point with your pinky finger because it’s like giving someone the thumbs down here. 

If you need to gesture to an object or person, it’s safest ...