Chinas Megatrends: Die 8 Säulen Einer Neuen Gesellschaft

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Most of those who look at China with interest, fear, reprobation, courtesy, hope, or simple curiosity see the future and sustainability of China as adapting to the Western economic and value system. But what is the scenario from a Chinese point of view?

Taking an inside-out approach, John and Doris Naisbitt explain what enabled China to change in only thirty years from a nation of poverty and backwardness to become the third largest economy of the world, beat Germany as export ...

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Overview

Most of those who look at China with interest, fear, reprobation, courtesy, hope, or simple curiosity see the future and sustainability of China as adapting to the Western economic and value system. But what is the scenario from a Chinese point of view?

Taking an inside-out approach, John and Doris Naisbitt explain what enabled China to change in only thirty years from a nation of poverty and backwardness to become the third largest economy of the world, beat Germany as export champion, and challenge America as the most competitive. China has reinvented itself as if it were a huge enterprise, developing a company culture that fits the demands of the enterprise and its people on the path to modernity and wealth.

Looking for patterns that form the picture of the new China, the Naisbitts found what was of much greater dimension and importance than the economic rise of China: China is creating an entirely new social and economic system. It is creating a political counter-model to Western modern democracy fitting to Chinese history and society, just as America created a model fitting to its history, society, and values more than 200 years ago.

Economically and politically, China has left the path of imitation, determined to become the innovation country of the world. In the next decades, China will not only change the global economy, it will challenge Western democracy with its own model.

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"An intriguing look at the new China." —-Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
Naisbitt, author of the 1982 bestseller Megatrends—an analysis of the economic, political, social and cultural transition taking place in the U.S.—collaborates with his wife and turns his focus to our competitor to the east. Why, the authors ask, has “autocratic” China succeeded while many democratically governed states have failed to make economic progress? He tells a compelling story of a country that is maturing in hyperdrive and can concentrate on economics partially because it isn't distracted by election cycles and national soul searching. The book runs down the eight “pillars” of a new society, the strategic moves that have maneuvered China forward, and examines Chinese values, artistic and intellectual ferment, freedom and fairness, media and the swift changes that have brought a country in which wealth was unthinkable and education derided into a place that values entrepreneurism and boasts a business school enrollment comparable to middle-income countries. A thoughtful, ambitious overview sure to be of interest to all those curious about world economics. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
An analysis of economic, social and political patterns that attempts to explain the Chinese economic miracle. John Naisbitt-who wrote the megaselling Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives (1982) and teaches economics at Nankai University and Tianjin University-founded the Naisbitt China Institute with his wife, Doris. Here they examine "China as the Chinese look at their country . . . [to be] open to its shortcomings, but . . . not judge China by our own values and standards. The authors underscore that the Chinese do not like to be lectured at, but rather learn (or copy) from the West and do it their own way. They compare China's economic success since Deng Xiaoping's loosening of the centralized hinges in 1978 to the stirring of a massive, amorphous, slumbering, almost-obsolete company that is finally injected with new ideas, leadership trust and vision. The eight "pillars" on which the "new Chinese system rests" include Deng's "emancipation of the mind," which allowed people to break from the strictures of the Cultural Revolution and return to cities, jobs, businesses, schools and individual pursuits; the Chinese "vertical" system of governance, an effective "top-down, bottom-up" structure that keeps the country's social order in line while still stimulating reforms; new paradigms that encourage "a variety of trees to grow" in terms of political, military, economic and cultural frames; bad business being rejected in favor of good; the nurturing of an artistic and intellectual renaissance; an increased role in the global community; implementation of basic living standards for all; and resisting "hierarchical, authoritarian thinking" in favor of embracing competitivenessand innovation. In conclusion, the Naisbitts weigh in on "matters in dispute," such as the "three forbidden T's: Tibet, Taiwan, and Tiananmen Square."An intriguing look at the new China. Agent: Jim Levine/Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400114443
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Doris Naisbitt, a board member of the Naisbitt China Institute, has also served as head of the Signum publishing house in Germany.

John Naisbitt is the world's leading trend forecaster and the author of Megatrends, which sold more than nine million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years.

Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.

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