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China: ‘Guanxi’ creates social network obstacle

TRADITONAL VALUES:Western social networking giants are struggling to gain footing in China as they come up against ‘guanxi,’ a set system of personal connections

AFP, BEIJING, CHINA

Though acknowledging the primacy of guanxi, Serfaty said that services like Tianji could play a complementary role.

“The boundary between private and professional life in China is not always very clear,” he said. “You go to karaoke and get drunk with your clients.”

“Guanxi is a strong link,” he added. “But we say, thanks to the Internet, you can maintain your strong connections and develop your weak ones.”

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