There is almost no country today that is not influenced by the outside world. China is definitely affected by other countries, including America. China has been adapting its economy to a more capitalistic form.
It has a centrally planned economy which is in the process of dismantling the institutions of state ownership and control it borrowed from its former ally, the Soviet Union. (see first link)
Many American companies have opened up shop in China, but not all have succeeded. For example, while Wal-mart has done well in China, Home Depot recently had to re-evaluate its progress.
"China is a do-it-for-me market, not a do-it-yourself market, so we have to adjust," Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told Reuters late on Thursday. (see second link)
Apparently, Home Depot did not do enough market research. Chinese consumers prefer to have people do things for them, whereas Americans perfer to do things ourselves. Clearly not every American idea transfers cultures.