Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
Business cards are seen as an extension of the person and should be respected as such.
We get the same reminder in negotiations with Asian ocean vessel operators. When the senior people came from Taipei, they were very formal and cards (once exchanged) were placed on the table in order of hierarchy during the meeting. I was able to prep our team on card etiquette (beforehand), which avoided some unpleasantries. If I could have gotten everyone to wear suits (on our side), that would have been nice too. We got what we wanted, which was a good thing.