You will be offered a seat at the big round table (its always a big round table) opposite to the door. Refuse politely. Insist that your host sit in that position.
If possible, claim the seat nearest the door. This will show that you are sincere.
A foreigner who has spent the last six years performing a variety of IT tasks in China, Doctor John offers 12 tips for getting IT done in China. (Doctor John is a pseudonym.)