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The Book

In the Belly of the Dragon

The People’s Republic of China have hired several hundred so-called foreign experts and assigned them to specific state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to help transform these into modern world-class companies.


As far as John-James Farquharson knows, he was the first and only foreigner heading up the human resources in such an enterprise.


The purpose of this short book is to provide a snapshot of what really happens inside: how the party functions in the company; how people issues are addressed, including industrial and social unrest; the problems around petty irregularities and resistance to change; the daily challenges facing non-Chinese nationals; and finally, how companies outside the People’s Republic are bought and integrated.