The purpose is usually to communicate information and decisions that have already been made rather than to brainstorm or discuss.
Employees may be called on to corroborate or clarify facts and statistics, but will not usually be asked to collaborate. There may be an agenda, but it serves as a guideline for the discussion and acts as a springboard to other related business ideas.
As a result they can seem overly formal and reserved.
They are not exuberant and are not given to emotional displays.
In China for a change a lot of people have roommates so hotels are used a lot.