As THE WASHINGTON POST reports, the ambitious in China will pay to get the career edge. Sometimes that comes in the form of bribes to the powers that be in the educational system. The form I am familiar with is coughing up the bucks for assistance from those knowing standard American English and how U.S. institutions really operate. Those range from the colleges they want to get into to the journals they need to be published in.
Doing business with Chinese middlemen has been a delight. Their code is that they do not expect us to get started on a project until we are paid half. The other half will come when the work is reviewed and approved. Another sweet spot in dealing with China go-betweens is that they have no illusion about "connecting." They do not want a relationship with the vendors. They just want the work. During the project there aren't friendly emails. In this overcommunicated era that is refreshing.
I look forward to getting more of my assignments from China. The process is straight-forward. Payment is never a problem. And you don't wind up with email buddies for life.