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Dr Merridan Varrall is lost on China

25 October 2014

When I am in Shanghai, I attend a monthly “China HR Professional Group” social event, which is an invitation only gathering hosted by Alsen Hsien, president of Take5 People. I went to the last meeting with a plan to get good feed-back on a claim by Dr Merriden Varrall, Director, East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute (made on 23 September) that “relationships among people are totally different in Western and Chinese societies”. Did they agree with what Varrell had written? “Yes and no”, as one said. None of these people thought that Varrell had got the balance right. I was not surprised for a number of reasons.

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