In this book, three superb thinkers discuss the past, the present and the future of China. They are Mr. Zhao, with fame as “China’s Image Master” and “China’s PR Leader,” Mr. Naisbitt, a famous futurist in the United States and author of the super bestseller Megatrends, and 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 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 of 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) –the Art of Communication of Zhao Qizheng (2006), Riverside Talks – A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian (with Luis Palau, 2006), The Logic of Pudong – the Development of Pudong and Economic Globalization (with Shao Yudong, 2007), In One World – 101 Stories in Communication with Overseas 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’s books about the future have sold more than 14 million copies. The Financial Times attested that “in his most famous book Megatrends he did not go wrong with a single prediction,” and Accenture listed him among the 50 global management masters. His studies of China began in 1967, and since then he has been to China more than a hundred times. His academic background includes studies in Utah, Cornell and Harvard. John Naisbitt has been an executive at IBM and Kodak. In 1963 he went to Washington where he was assistant secretary of education to President Kennedy, and special assistant to President Johnson. John Naisbitt is the recipient of 16 honorary doctorates in the humanities, technology and science, and holds three professorships from Chinese Universities.
Doris Naisbitt, an observer of global social, economic and political trends, is director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin that was founded by her and John Naisbitt in 2007. She is the coauthor of China’s Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society. She also holds professorships at Nankai University, Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University in China. Doris Naisbitt has a distinguished career in publishing, serving as head of the Austrian publishing house, Signum Verlag. During her tenure she upgraded the company by acquiring internationally-known authors and establishing Signum as a player in the German language market. From 2002 to 2006 she worked in close collaboration with John Naisbitt in public lecturing and in editing and translating his books and other works for the German publishing houses of Hanser, Bertelsmann and Frankfurter Allgemeine Buchverlag. She attended the Academy of Performing Arts in Vienna.