In a rapidly globalizing world, business travelers have to tread a thin line when it comes to greeting their counterparts from other cultures. Business etiquette and greeting gestures vary wildly around the world and what may seem like a polite gesture in one culture may be seen as being rude in some other culture.
For example, while Western etiquette considers maintaining eye-contact as a sign of trust, the Chinese regard it as aggressive. However, in most situations, it is best to be as predictable as possible as people from other cultures do not really expect everyone to know the intricacies of their culture.
A handy guide for a variety of greetings in various cultures can be found at the Australian Business Traveller – A bow, a kiss or a handshake: how to greet overseas business contacts