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Address a person using his or her family name only, such as Mr. Chan or Ms. Hsu.

The Chinese family name comes before given name. For example, in the case of Deng Xiaoping, Deng is the family name and Xiaoping is the given name.

For business purposes, it is advisable to call a Chinese person by the family name together with a title, such as "Director Lau" or "Chairman Lee." Avoid using someone's given name unless you have formed good relationship with him or her.

Formality is a sign of respect, and better clarify how you will address someone very early in a relationship, generally during your first meeting.

The Chinese way of greeting is generally a nod or hand shake. Do not try to become too friendly too soon. The Western pattern of quick informality should be resisted.