In this book, three superb thinkers discuss the past, the present and the future of China.One is Mr. Zhao, with fame as “China’s Image Master” and “China’s PR Leader,” and the other is Mr. Naisbitt, a famous futurist in the USA and author of the super best seller Megatrends, together with his wife, Doris Naisbitt, a sharp-eyed observer and quick-witted thinker with the quality of a German-speaking philosopher. When the three eloquent dialogists, with forceful powers of voice and different cultural backgrounds, have an open-minded exchange of views on China’s developmental model and the future of the world as well as other hot topics, there must be a clash of opinions and hence sparks of ideas.
Their dialogue covers politics, economy, society, and culture, and the issues stem mostly from questions currently in the public mind, such as: “What does the rapid rise of China mean to the world?” “Why does the West always like to impose its own values like a jacket on other countries?” “Does the success of the Chinese economy really make Westerners jealous and fearful?” “What is the essential difference between the Western horizontal democracy and the Chinese vertical democracy?” The Oriental and Occidental representatives, with their different cultural backgrounds and values, have given their own answers to these questions. There are often conflicts of views and ideas, as well as many differences in their ways of expression. Even their humor is unique and marked with their own features. All this has made the five rounds of the witty dialogue more colorful, interesting, and attractive.
Mr. Zhao Qizheng was born in Beijing in 1940. Majoring in experimental nuclear physics, he graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1963. Then he worked for 20 years in the scientific research, design and production sections, taking various positions including that of senior engineer. Mr. Zhao successively held the posts of Vice Mayor of Shanghai, concurrently Director-general of the Management Committee of the Shanghai Pudong New Area, and Minister of the State Council Information Office of China. He is Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, concurrently Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication of the Renmin University of China, and Dean of the Binhai Development Institute of Nankai University.
Mr. Zhao’s publications include Introducing China to the World – Zhao Qizheng’s Speeches and Dialogues (2005), America and Americans through Chinese Eyes (2005), Introducing China to the World (Continued) – Zhao Qizheng and the Art of Communication (2006), Riverside Talks – A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian (With Luis Palau, 2006), The Logic of Pudong New Area – the Development of Pudong New Area and Economic Globalization (With Shao Yudong, 2007), In One World – 101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand Chinese People (2007), and Dialogue with the World – Zhao Qizheng’s speeches (English version, 2009). Some of these works have been translated into English, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, German, and Korean.
John Naisbitt, born in Utah, in the United States in 1929, is a futurist who has been listed among the 50 Global Management Masters by the international management and technology company Accenture. His academic background includes HarvardUniversity, CornellUniversity and the University of Utah. He served as assistant to the Secretary of Education during President Kennedy’s tenure and as special assistant during President Johnson’s tenure. He also worked for IBM and Kodak. He has conducted in-depth research into China issues and has established the Naisbitt China Research Institutein Tianjin. His masterpiece Megatrends won him fame as the world’s top futurist. The book ranked high on the best-seller list of The New York Times for more than two years, with 140 million copies sold around the world.
He has won 16 honorable doctorates in the humanities, technology and science.
His works include Megatrends (1982), Megatrends 2000 (1990), Megatrends for Women (1993), Megatrends Asia (1996), High Tech High Touch (2000), Mindset (2007), and China’s Megatrends (2009).
Doris Naisbitt was in charge of a German publishing house in Austria and also a German publisher for John Naisbitt’s works. She is the coauthor of China’s Megatrends. Since 2006 she has guided the work of the Naisbitt China Research Institute with John Naisbitt.