Chapter 5 China’s Outbound Investment: Clash of Cultures

Vancouver, Canada, August 2016

“Please call me now!” Squinting at the phone in my hand, I drowsily pieced together the email that had just arrived in my inbox. Just a few minutes before 5 a.m. Vancouver time, my university classmate Claire had emailed me with an urgent plea. “There’s a big Chinese corporation that just contacted me to do a huge deal with my company. Can we talk?”

Nearing the end of my family vacation, I responded that I was on holiday in Canada and promised to call her in two days when I arrived back home in Shanghai. She emailed back immediately: “Man… it is moving a bit fast. Is there any way I could talk to you earlier? ASAP?” Fighting the urge to fall back asleep, I ...

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