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guanxi

/ ˌɡwænˈsiː /

noun

  1. a Chinese social concept based on the exchange of favours, in which personal relationships are considered more important than laws and written agreements


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Word History and Origins

Origin of guanxi1

C20: Chinese: relationships

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Example Sentences

“People who want to get into the Beijing Film Academy need guanxi [connections],” says Yu Qi, a book editor in Beijing.

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