Even within a single country there may be different customs, especially when there are different linguistic groups, as in Switzerland where there are French, German and Italian speakers.
Age and social context may determine the level and details of the customs which are followed.
What happened was that the Chinese party recieving the American purchaser was late in reaching his hotel.
The American was furious as he had a tight schedule and that they were late and threatened to withdraw his purchase.
If you intend to travel to China for business purposes, it is good advice if you can learn some basic Chinese business culture before making the trip.
Many customs regarding good behavior have been exported to places with cultural traditions based in Europe, including America, Oceania, South Africa and so on.
Therefore, much of this article is limited to the discussion of etiquette which is peculiar to only a particular part of Europe.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.