American futurist John Naisbitt (L) and his wife, Doris, attend the publication press conference of their new book "China's Megatrends" at the Beijing International Exhibition Center on Thursday, September 3, 2009.
The 16th Beijing International Book Fair started Thursday, highlighting the publication of a new book "China's Megatrends", written by the world's leading futurist, John Naisbitt and his wife. In the Chinese version, the writers try to analyze China's model from eight aspects, what they call the eight pillars of a new society.
As the world's leading futurist, John Naisbitt wrote his bestselling book "Megatrends" in 1982. It has since become one of the biggest successes in the publishing world and was on the New York Times' Best Seller List for two years. The book has been published in 57 countries and has sold more than 9 million copies.
In 2006, John Naisbitt and his wife, Doris, set up the Naisbitt China Institute in north China's Tianjin to research "China's Megatrends."
Doris Naisbitt says what they found out was much bigger than what they had expected.
"We experienced that China was not only changing rapidly within a system that has been well established, as China was doing when [John] wrote "Megatrends," but that China is creating a whole new system."
Doris Naisbitt calls China's political system a "vertical democracy" compared to "horizontal democracies" in the West.