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The Chinese Economy Culture Society The social values and history have shaped and formed the economical developments and the current environment of business in the Peoples Republic of China They have determined the patterns for negotiation and the Chinese perceptions of business and their feelings towards westerners The implicit and explicit rules that the Chinese society has on the development of businesses and the economy in general are very important issues for any person going into China to understand and consider In order to achieve a successful partnership between Chinese and Western cultures it is essential to have a basic understanding of history and cultural developments that have shaped the current environment of business The three pillars of China are economy culture and society Economy The Chinese economy has been formed as a result of centuries of history and development which reflect the philosophy of China and its current economical position China started as a mainly agricultural based society with the subsistence group the family For more than 2000 years the Chinese economy operated under a type of feudal system land was concentrated in the hands of a relatively small group of landowners whose income depended on rents from their peasant tenants Agricultural taxes levied by the imperial government and crop yields subject to drought and floods kept agriculture relatively underdeveloped and organized in small units with the use of primitive methods for basic subsistence The conclusion of the Opium War of 1840 formally initiated a period of Western penetration of China from the coastal treaty ports Railroads and highways were constructed and some industrial development began Such activity had little impact however on the overall Chinese economy In effect China was carved up into a number of competing colonial spheres of influence Japan which tried to attach China to its East Asia prosperity Sphere was able to create only
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