Business Chinese Phrases and Explanations
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1) 授权点 (shou4quan2 dian3) – an agent; franchise
Definition: A business or group of businesses established or operated under granted authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a certain area.
Meaning: The family owns a franchise chain of restaurants.
2) 信息技术 (xin4xi1 ji4shu4) –Information Technology (IT)
Definition: The branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information.
Meaning: The information industry is an infant industry in our country.
3) 贸易争端 (mao4yi4 zheng1duan1) – a trade dispute
Definition: A dispute between two or more countries resulting from trade barriers, real or perceived, affecting the exports of at least one of the countries involved.
Example: Another issue was a trade dispute over poultry imports.
4) 贸易自由化 ( mao4yi4 zi4you2hua4) – a trade liberalization
Definition: The removal or reduction of restrictions or barriers on the free exchange of goods between nations, which includes the removal or reduction of both tariff (duties and surcharges) and non-tariff obstacles (like licensing rules, quotas and other requirements).
Meaning: European countries need to continue promoting liberalization of trade.
5) 电子商务 (dian4zi4 shang1wu4) – an electronic commerce (E-commerce)
Definition: Commerce conducted electronically (as on the internet).
Meaning: E-commerce consists of buying and selling online.
6) 首席执行官 (shou3xi2 zhi2xing2 guan1) – chief executive officer (CEO)
Definition: The corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president).
Meaning: He was promoted to the position of CEO.