全世界都在向東看，但初來中國的西方人面對的是完全不同的思考邏輯和人情世故，不懂背後的規矩，想在商場談生意，要跟官府打交道，文化衝擊恐怕不小。本書作者Tim Clissold（祈立天）旅居中國20年，可說是個中國通。這本《Chinese Rules》記錄他近期在中國投資碳交易市場的過程，描寫政府公務員、工廠老闆、地方人物等芸芸眾生相，也藉此呈現了中國的文化和政治面貌，並整理出西方投資人必看的五大法則
Tim Clissfold於劍橋大學獲得物理及理論物理學位後，曾在倫敦、澳洲及香港工作，並逐漸對中國產生興趣。他到北京學了兩年中文，募資在北京投資了超過4億美元。之後他替高勝集團收購問題資產，近期則投資透過聯合國清潔發展機制（CDM）減少溫室氣體排放的計畫。他的第一本書《Mr. China》已譯為12國語言，並獲《經濟學人》選為年度好書。
From the author of the acclaimed ‘Mr. China’ comes another rollicking adventure story – part memoir, part history, part business imbroglio – that offers valuable lessons to help Westerners win in China.
In the twenty-first century, the world has tilted eastwards in its orbit; China grows confident while the West seems mired in doubt. Having lived and worked in China for more than two decades, Tim Clissold explains the secrets that Westerners can use to navigate through its cultural and political maze. Picking up where he left off in the international bestseller ‘Mr. China’, ‘Chinese Rules’ chronicles his most recent exploits, with assorted Chinese bureaucrats, factory owners, and local characters building a climate change business in China. Of course, all does not go as planned as he finds himself caught between the world’s largest carbon emitter and the world’s richest man. Clissold offers entertaining and enlightening anecdotes of the absurdities, gaffes, and mysteries he encountered along the way.
Sprinkled amid surreal scenes of cultural confusion and near misses are smart myth-busting insights and practical lessons Westerns can use to succeed in China. Exploring key episodes in that nation’s long political, military, and cultural history, Clissold outlines five Chinese rules, which anyone can deploy in on-the-ground situations with modern Chinese counterparts. These Chinese rules will enable foreigners not only to co-operate with China but also to compete with it on its own terms.