Chinese social relations are social relations typified by a social network. Often social obligations within the network are characterized in terms. The individual link within the social network is known by ''guanxi'' and the feeling within the link is known by the term ''ganqing'' . An important concept within Chinese social relations is the concept of , as in many other Asian cultures. A Buddhist-related concept is ''yuanfen'' .
Unlike other societies, the Chinese tend to see social relations in terms of networks rather than boxes. Hence, people are perceived as being "near" or "far" rather than "in" or "out".