No Problem

Chinese people will often tell you,  “No problem”  (没问题 mei wenti) when you ask about some issue with what you want done.

When you hear “no problem,” it is safe to assume that there is a problem.  ”

It is hard to get used to or even imagine, but no problem (mei wenti) is a national unwritten code for “There is a Problem” and it is the kind of problem that will vex you.

So I encourage you to have your radar up and when some issue is up and the government official or your junior manager says “meiwenti” then you need to get moving to avoid being crushed by the problem.

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