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Post Doing Business in China: A Friend's Saga
Created by John Eipper on 10/26/17 6:10 PM

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Doing Business in China: A Friend's Saga (Nigel Jones, -UK, 10/26/17 6:10 pm)

It's a while back now, but a Californian friend in the mortgage business saw the crash of 2008 coming and while standing by the Pacific one day decided to relocate to China.

He went to live in a provincial Chinese city, and before succumbing to a fatal heart attack, experienced a mix of personal freedom and business frustration. On the one hand he acquired two Chinese girlfriends and roared about the country on a vintage WWII Nazi motorbike, proudly sporting Iron Cross livery; on the other, he found it impossible for a Westerner to get a business off the ground.

His conclusion was that the Chinese are great at business..but only for the Chinese.

JE comments:  What a sad ending for an intrepid soul.  The chutzpah required to pilot a 70-year-old motorcycle in Chinese traffic speaks volumes.  Nigel's friend experienced personal freedom and business frustration; the stereotypical image for China is the other way around.

Did you friend ever write about his adventures, Nigel?

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