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guanxi Line breaks: guanxi
Pronunciation: /ɡwanˈʃiː/

Definition of guanxi in English:


[mass noun]
(In China) the system of social networks and influential relationships which facilitate business and other dealings.
Example sentences
  • The third section focuses on organizational behavior in Chinese firms, probing issues from guanxi to teamwork.
  • Li was well known for his cordial guanxi with the Chinese communist government.
  • Guanxi usage is sometimes elevated from an individual to an organizational level.


Mandarin, literally 'connection'.

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