BEIJING -- Westerners who stay in China longer are often surprised to learn that the 'salary' in China for civil servants and public employees is so ridiculously low. "How do they afford all this; how do they get by?" many ask. The answer is that the Chinese have other means and sources of income. Once you work closely with institutions, officials, bosses, or directors, etc., you will experience (or see it all around you) cases in which favors and palm grease are frequent. If this happens, your author claims, you either participate in the game and learn the ropes (but with a bad conscience forever, maybe); or you take moral high ground, but risk your career, and better prepare for a quick exit from the job, if not the profession. That's because in certain strata of society, in fact the higher you climb, be they Chinese or Western, it's natural to hand out favors to "loyal" members, and if you expose their system, your colleagues, your firm, your country, they are never going to trust you. [GO TO VIDEO]
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