Asia: The Mysterious East

Businessmen are now expected to be diplomats too, full of tact and alert to taboos as they jet around the world. In its FBI Review, the Federation of British Industries offers some sound advice to businessmen bound for Southeast Asia. Items:

> In Thailand and Laos, it is extremely rude to display the sole of the foot or to sit with legs crossed. "It is wise, physically as well as metaphorically, to keep both feet on the ground."

> Do not talk to a Chinese businessman (the most plentiful business type in Southeast Asia) with hands on hips; he...

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