posted on Jan, 1 2009 @ 03:52 PM
Well, most of the people in China are still living in a Third World country. The industrialized class is just a small part of the total population,
most of the country is still Third World. The greater part of the population lives in an agrarian Third World nation.
Same thing with India. I won't google for statistics right now, but I believe that the part of the population with something close to a western
lifestyle is very small in both countries, maybe a lot less than 25%?
Basically I somehow feel that the unstable democracy of India makes it a more stable country in the long run... Rather than totalitarian China which
will fall apart if those masses on the countryside start to demand their piece of the cake.
I have visited both countries a few years ago. In India the poverty is a lot more visible than in Africa! In China though they don't let beggars into
the cities so the poverty is not visible at all.
So, to answer your question shortly, yes I think China is a Third World country, and some day the # might hit the fan when the differences between the
industrialized coast and the rural masses starts to cause riots.
Or maybe China will just continue to grow and become a real superpower. Nobody knows.
[edit on 1-1-2009 by ukuli]