On Succeeding in China

“You have to be there. Beijing is completely different from Shanghai. Singapore Chinese are different from China Chinese. Even the noodles from both places are different.”

Why some Asian firms don’t succeed in the Middle East

“Perhaps it is because Asians don’t understand Arabic culture and Arabs prefer Western culture, which is more bombastic and bolder.”

EQ vs IQ

“To be successful, one must have a high EQ and know how to adapt to complicated environments. Reading terrain is important. You can’t use the same strategy all the time.”