In an effort to remain visible to our many readers in China, we are careful about what we write here on the blog. There are words we avoid using and topics we avoid discussing on here because we want our reach to include China and if China does not like something, its government has this “magical” ability to make it go away. And there is a lot China does not like these days.
Facebook and Linkedin and Twitter give us a lot more ability to speak truth to power and because of that we have greatly 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 nearly 12,500 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 not to 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 enlightens the discussions, though, honestly, I sometimes wish the discussions 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 remove anything that smacks of spam or is not relevant for those doing business with or in China. We have become so proficient at shutting down spam that hardly anyone even tries to sneak spam past us anymore. Our hewing to such a tight line on what we permit means we do not get a large volume of postings, but this also means we do not waste people’s 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 and join our China Law Blog Group on Linkedin. The more people in our group, the better the discussions. So please do join us there.
My personal Linkedin page has nearly 10,000 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. I promise not to overwhelm you with posts: I post roughly 3-5 times a week.
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 are considerably more open and opinionated and free-wheeling there. With so much going on with China and Hong Kong 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. Plus, I really really want us to get to 25,000 likes!
I am also now posting a lot on Twitter at @danharris. I left Twitter for many years but I am back and I am enjoying the sheer immediacy of it. I most definitely do not hold back there but I also post on non-China things from time to time. Of course, I welcome more followers there as well. I also urge you to check out and follow Fred Rocafort from my firm on Twitter as well, (@RocafortFred). Until recently, Fred was living in Hong Kong/the PRC and his tweets do a great job of bridging the various gaps between HK, the PRC and the West. We also have a China Law Blog feed, @chinalawblog and it would be great if you were to follow that as well.
See ya’ll there.