In an effort to be seen in China, we tend to be somewhat careful and somewhat muted in what we write here on the blog. For example, there are certain words we avoid using and there are certain topics we tend to skirt. We do this because we want our reach to include China and if China does not like something, it has a strange tendency to go away.
Facebook and Linkedin and Twitter give us a lot more speaking space and so we have ramped up what we do on social media. We have a thriving China Law Blog Group on Linkedin that we maintain as a spam-free forum for China information, networking, and discussion. This group is always growing and now totals more than 12,000 members. I urge you to join it.
We have had some great discussions there, as evidenced both by their numbers (some have gotten more than 100 comments) and by their substance. Our discussions range from people asking and trying to answer questions like, “why is it so difficult to do business in China” or ”what do I need to do to get my Chinese counter-party notto breach my contract” to the ethereal, like “when will we know China is taking innovation seriously?” Mostly though the focus is — not surprisingly — on doing business with China or in China.
The members of our Linkedin group are fairly evenly split between those who live and work and do business in China and those who do business with China from the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and other countries in Asia. Some of our members are international lawyers and some are China lawyers, but most are businesspeople and some are academics (students or professors). We have senior level personnel (attorneys and executives) from large, medium, and small companies and tons of mid-level and junior personnel as well. This diversity of people enlightens the discussions, though, honestly, I sometimes wish the discussion were more rigorous than they are, but I attribute the lack of discussion rigor more to the location (a group on Linkedin) than to anything else.
What truly separates us from most (all?) of the other Linkedin China groups is that we vigorously remove as quickly as possible anything and everything that smacks of spam or is simply not relevant for those doing business with or in China. We have become so proficient at shutting down spam in our China Law Blog Linkedin Group that hardly anyone even tries to sneak spam past us anymore. Our hewing to such a tight line on what we . permit to appear means we do not get a large volume of postings, but this also means this group will not waste your time. If you want to learn more about doing business in China or with China, if you want to discuss China law or business, or if you want to network with others doing China law or business, I urge you to check out and join our China Law Blog Group on Linkedin. The more people that join our group, the better the discussions. So please do join us there.
My personal Linkedin page has nearly 9,500 followers and that has led me to post more often there on all things China. I welcome new followers and new connections, though I warn you that I tend to be incredibly slow in responding to connection requests.
Our China Law Blog Facebook page, is thriving as well and heading towards 25,000 followers (this is its number of “likes”). We use Facebook to post interesting, important and entertaining articles about China. Posts there get a lot of comments and discussion, often heated. We can be and we are considerably more open and opinionated and free-wheeling there. With so much going on with China these days, our Facebook page has become a key source. I urge you to go there and “like” us so you can benefit from what we are doing there.
We also are starting to post a lot more on Twitter as well. I have my own Twitter feed, @danharris (that is me and not the reporter who is 10% happier) and we also have a China Law Blog feed, @chinalawblog. Please do check us out there as well.
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