Most Chinese see bribes indispensable in business


21-08-206: Most Chinese see bribes indispensable in business

Most Chinese see bribes and kickbacks as an indispensable part of doing business in the country, state media on Aug 21 cited a survey as showing.

China is known for its millennium-old business culture centred on “guanxi”, or connections, the bulk of which are nurtured through underhand deals with agreements being reached via cash-stuffed envelopes, on dinner tables or at the golf course.

About 94% of respondents to the survey by Nankai University thought bribery was widespread in business and 77% said they would do so themselves, the state-run China Youth Daily said.

“Most people think their businesses can barely survive if they don’t do so,” the newspaper said.

"Bribery has been tacitly accepted as a working marketing means and is an effective lubricant between market players and officials.

“It is very common for government officials to take bribes in issuing licences and certificates, and during inspections.”

Officials, company workers, and ordinary citizens from different provinces answered the questionnaires, the newspaper added, without saying how many people responded to the survey.

The worst cases of bribery occured where there was government involvement, it said, with respondents singling out construction projects, land sales, drug and medical procurement and government purchases.

Yet most people said they would not report bribery cases and 60% did not believe the ongoing crackdown – started by the central government this year – on “commercial bribery” would make a real difference, the newspaper said.

Corruption was virtually wiped out in the first decades after the Communist Party came to power in 1949, but it has made a robust comeback since market reforms started in early 1980s.

The government has tried to contain the corruption problem, with mixed results, fearing public anger could result in protests against the Communist Party.

“Bribery has become a hidden rule of the market that hampers the economy’s healthy development and seriously disrupts normal competition,” the newspaper said. “It is so rampant that it must be tackled.” - Reuters

This topic is not intended to target anyone, but to raise the awareness that this could also be happening here in our country. So if you want to get into business, best to set aside some capital for such cases. :smiley:

I think this is a good article. Let people be aware of how disgraceful things have become.

This is sad because no matter how modern and advance their society become, individually they’re still lacking in personal values which can make doing business with them disturbing.

It’s good that China is currently successful but think of how much more advance they’ll be if their culture supported superior ethics.

Close to home, do you see a diffence in corporate culture and governance between the singaporeans and malaysians in business? who’s doing better?