China is an emerging economic giant with almost endless potential for business opportunities. Guan xi — meaning “connections” or “relationships” — is a Chinese way of doing business and is practically considered an art form there. It involves exchanging “favors” when you need something done. Many Chinese business people see it as a way to solidify relationships, get things done, and cultivate well-being.
To Westerners, however, it often looks more like graft in the form of bribery, nepotism, gift giving, and kickbacks. Transparency International, a German-based corruption watchdog, ranks China along with India, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa as the countries with the most rampant corruption.
However, China is cracking down by enacting stricter anti-corruption laws and prosecuting violators. In 2007, China’s former director of the State Food and Drug Administration was executed for taking bribes.
4. According to the passage, what is TRUE about Guan xi in the Chinese culture?
A. It involves money and power.
B. It requires you to exchange favors to get things done
C. It is an art form of bribery in the business.
D. It means connection or relationship among family members.
5. What can be inferred from the passage?
A. Bribery, nepotism, gift giving, and kickbacks are illegal in the commercial activities.
B. The German-based corruption watchdog is probably a committee which makes sure that companies do not act illegally or irresponsibly.
C. Westerners are more critical about Guan xi in business.
D. All of Above.
6. What’s the tone of the passage?
A. skeptical B. positive
C. sarcastic D. objective