In an article posted on the China Law Blog by Dan Harris, on March 27th, 2007, recruiting and finding so called Chinese experts is allot tougher than you would expect.
Nobody who really knows China claims to be a China expert. Need an attorney to assist in your China company formation? I'm your guy. Need an accountant to handle your Chinese tax issues? I'm your guy. Need a business consultant to help determine the best location for your China manufacturing business? Me. Need consulting on China HR? Me, again. Help with China manufacturing/engineering processes? Hey, count on me for that too. China quality control? Piece of cake. China real estate investing (retail, residential, office, manufacturing, warehouse)? I got you covered. China logistics/shipping/trucking/customs? I know them all. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention I am also expert on China economics, China history, Chinese psychology, and China sociology. Did I miss anything?
You get the point.
The truly good China experts are at least somewhat specialized, just as is the case in the United States and virtually everywhere else. Anyone who claims to know too much about China almost certainly knows too little.
Before you or anyone seeking to act on your behalf can even begin looking for the right "China expert," there must first be an understanding of the type of expert required. Once you have some idea of the sort of expert needed, you then must, of course, find that expert within the particular China field. I wish I could pass on some big secret as to how to find that particular expert, but unfortunately, I think the best way is through word of mouth. The tough part is getting to the first mouth and making sure it is the right one.
There are countless truly excellent China business experts out there in a whole host of specialties, but there are also many who should be avoided. There is no surefire way to know where to turn, but talking with those people you already know and trust is certainly the best place to start.
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