I am always a sucker for top ten lists and the China and “10 Survival Tips for Expats Who Work in China,” is a good one for foreigners doing  business in China. Roman Guerel is the brains behind the blog and he has a ton of China experience and is working on a Ph.d in Business and Management to go with it.

Here’s his list in bold, with my comments in normal:

1. China is not a bubble, it will not fade so easily. True. What this means is that you should no more think short term in China than anywhere else.

2. Everything you have learnt in developed countries are only theoretical in China, you shall make a new assessment. True and false. China is different. Obviously, but business is still business.

3. Stop trying to invent a China management model. Not sure what he means by this. If he means one should not expect to reinvent the wheel in China, then I agree. In other words, business is still business in China and management is still management.

4. Frustration in China is unavoidable, keep going. I agree and would add this is true throughout the world.

5. China is full of opportunities, if you can catch 1/100th of them you already are the king of the ring. Definitely some truth to this.

6. Don’t overestimate your abilities, be humble. I agree and what this means is that one should not overestimate one’s abilities. For example, my firm handles China law matters. We do not purport to be able to nor do we handle those things better suited for accountants or consultants. We work with those people to the advantage of the client.

7. Logistics are at the center of your success in China. Definitely some truth to this and logistics are too often ignored or underestimated.

8. One-time deal doesn’t exist, you shall have mid to long -term perspective in China. True, but probably no truer in China than anywhere else.

9. Business: One China: no; Many China; yes. I know this is standard wisdom and it is absolutely true in that Shanghai may have more in common with London than it does with some village of 200 in Anhui Province. But, this is not always true. For example, many of our clients have gone into China to service the very same 2-3 giant U.S. corporations they service over here. For them, there really is only one China and that China is the 2-3 giant companies.

10. You shall think China as no different to other markets, or you will not survive. True. But if you think China is completely different from your home country such that most normal rules of business do not apply, you will not survive either.

I will add an eleventh tip. Your instincts count in China just as much as they do elsewhere. If you are feeling uncomfortable about someone or about the deal, you probably have very good reason for that.

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.