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From the author of the acclaimed Mr. China comes another rollicking adventure story—part memoir, part history, part business imbroglio—that offers valuable lessons to help Westerners win in China.

In the twenty-first century, the world has tilted eastwards in its orbit; China grows confident while the West seems mired in doubt. Having lived and worked in China for more than two decades, Tim Clissold explains the secrets that Westerners can use to navigate through its cultural and political maze. Picking up where he left off in the international bestseller Mr. China, Chinese Rules chronicles his most recent exploits, with assorted Chinese bureaucrats, factory owners, and local characters building a climate change business in China. Of course, all does not go as planned as he finds himself caught between the world’s largest carbon emitter and the world’s richest man. Clissold offers entertaining and enlightening anecdotes of the absurdities, gaffes, and mysteries he encountered along the way.

Sprinkled amid surreal scenes of cultural confusion and near misses are smart myth-busting insights and practical lessons Westerns can use to succeed in China. Exploring key episodes in that nation’s long political, military, and cultural history, Clissold outlines five Chinese Rules, which anyone can deploy in on-the-ground situations with modern Chinese counterparts. These Chinese rules will enable foreigners not only to cooperate with China but also to compete with it on its own terms.

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  • “Drawing on more than twenty years of experience living and working in China, Clissold, a British businessman, offers five lessons that are absolutely crucial to understanding, appreciating, and ultimately working with and competing against the Chinese…Most importantly, Clissold’s advice is timely and may even be useful to those outside the business world as well in.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “More than many, Clissold understands China, and here, in addition to his narrative (often humorous) of business dealings, he limns the history, battles, lessons, and outlook of this ‘civilization’ (not, as he points out, merely another nation-state)…Clissold’s fascinating slice of life in contemporary China opens a brilliant window into a culture that has evolved over thousands of years, one the rest of the world would do well to try and understand.”


  • “A pragmatic application of good-sense peasant wisdom in negotiating big financial deals with the Chinese…The author walks readers through the first attempts to crack China’s markets, namely by Lord Macartney in 1792, and subsequent resistance to outside change all the way to Mao Zedong. The author’s ‘rules’ of respecting China’s particular way of doing business include the overarching need for stability and the use of indirection, among others. Clissold’s deep knowledge of Chinese culture and language informs this useful work.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Clissold alternates a quick and engaging romp through Chinese history with tales from his own recent misadventures in the carbon-trading market there.”

    New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

Tim Clissold has lived and worked in China for more than twenty years and has traveled to most parts of the country. After graduating with degrees in physics and theoretical physics from Cambridge University, and working in London, Australia, and Hong Kong, he developed a fascination with China. He spent two years studying Mandarin in Beijing before cofounding a private equity group that invested more than $400 million there. He has since spent time at Goldman Sachs recovering distressed assets and, more recently, started a business that invests in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China through the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. His first book, Mr. China, has been translated into twelve languages and was an Economist magazine Book of the Year.

About the Narrator

Stephen Critchlow is a popular and versatile actor who has enjoyed a wide variety of work, including roles in Hamlet and Pygmalion in the West End, Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal National Theatre, and as Kenneth Horne in Round the Horne Revisited on Tour. He has also been in more than two hundred productions as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company.