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Miscommunication in Australia-China relations: the Stern Hu Affair

Zheng, Lin 2015, Miscommunication in Australia-China relations: the Stern Hu Affair. In Pan, Chengxin and Walker, David (ed), Australia and China : challenges and ideas in cross-cultural engagement, China Social Sciences Press, Beijing, China, pp.170-183.

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Title Miscommunication in Australia-China relations: the Stern Hu Affair
Author(s) Zheng, Lin
Title of book Australia and China : challenges and ideas in cross-cultural engagement
Editor(s) Pan, Chengxin
Walker, David
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 19
Start page 170
End page 183
Total pages 14
Publisher China Social Sciences Press
Place of Publication Beijing, China
Summary This paper explores communication and miscommunication in international business relations by studying the case of former RIO Tinto executive Stern Hu who was prosecuted for stealing trade secrets and taking bribes in kickbacks from Chinese steel firms. Using newspaper articles about the case that were published in Australia, China and other countries via Internet in either Chinese or English from July 2009 to April 2010, a series of differences in the way the Chinese and Australian protagonists were framed both in terms of relevant facts and value judgments. Apart from various obvious stereotypes, more subtle differences in the perspectives of the two nations emerge in my reading of their presses regarding the nature of trust, the role of corporations, government and how morality and business intermesh in two culturally distinct systems. Using this case, this paper illustrates the nature and types of misunderstandings that emerge over time and across locations within each cultural setting.
ISBN 9787516155523
Edition First
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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