In the second of our two-part series on giving gifts in China, Carl Hinze looks at the rules and traditions surrounding the cultivation of bao (“social reciprocity”), through gift giving. This month, we look closely at the gift-giving rules that apply to PRC Government officials. With penalties for officials as severe as death by firing squad, businesses need to ensure gifts given to give “face,” i.e., to show respect, to the recipient and increase the “face,” i.e., raise the status, of the giver are well within the bounds of what is legally acceptable and can be proved to be so.
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