Saving and Giving face:
In China the major cultural competency for any manager is handling face for their employees. People must go to great lengths to avoid putting their colleagues in positions where they receive themselves as having lost face. Here the emphasis is on perceived loss of face is a subjective matter. Typical conditions that can affect a received face loss are a new role of job, being criticized or upbraided in front of others, promotion of a colleague and being asked to report to someone more junior even on a short term project (Krug and Hendrischke, 2009).
In front of others avoiding criticisms:
If the Chinese people require discussing performance on a specific problem they must do it behind closed doors. This does not mean that they have to put on kid gloves. It is OK to be simply straightforward to avoid public embarrassment.
If the Chinese colleagues are given the opportunity to offer regular input into their decisions they reduce the blindsiding coworkers in a way that may cause them to lose face.