Chinese Rules: Mao's Dog, Deng's Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons for Understanding China

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From the author of the acclaimed ‘Mr China’ comes another rip-roaring adventure story – part memoir, part history, part business imbroglio – that offers valuable lessons to help Westerners understand China.

In the twenty-first century, as China grows more confident, there’s a hunger in the West to understand what makes this immense country tick. Tim Clissold has lived and worked there for more than two decades, and in Chinese Rules he draws on his experience to reveal secrets that Westerners can use to navigate through its cultural and political maze.

Picking up where the international bestseller ‘Mr China’ left off, the gripping narrative chronicles Clissold’s adventures with Chinese bureaucrats, factory owners and local bigwigs as he struggles to build a climate change business in China. He soon finds himself caught between the world’s largest carbon emitter and the world’s richest man, and his story is peppered with entertaining and enlightening anecdotes that highlight the absurdities and mysteries, but also the rewards, of doing business in China.

Exploring key episodes in China’s long political, military, and cultural past, Clissold outlines five key Chinese Rules that anyone can deploy on the ground with their modern Chinese counterparts. These Chinese Rules will equip foreigners not just to co-operate better with China but to compete better as well.

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Praise for ‘Mr China’:

‘Clissold’s memoir is an instant classic. Sharply observed, funny as hell. Indispensible’ Time

‘It’s got big money, charismatic capitalists, Communist apparatchiks, crime and mysterious disappearances … [but] it’s not just a novel – it’s true.’ Daily Telegraph

‘A wonderful read… one might not expect such poetry from a banker’ New York Times

‘Hugely entertaining … Clissold loves China … but he also views it with clarity and no small amount of humour’ Washington Post

‘Delightful … this trenchant, immensely entertaining study in the contradictions of Chinese capitalism should be required reading’ Fortune Magazine

‘One would be hard-pressed to find a serious Western investor in China who isn’t aware of Clissold’s eye-opening account’ Forbes

‘No business history can ever have been such an enjoyable read … any visiting businessman should be obliged to buy a copy’ Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong

About the Author:

Tim Clissold was educated at Cambridge University and lived and worked in China for more than twenty years. He co-founded a private equity group, spent time with an international bank recovering distressed assets, and more recently, started a business that invests in greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in China through the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. He is the author of ‘Mr China’, which was translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist’s books of the year.

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