Has any third world country ever pulled itself up?

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  1. Phil

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    Has any third world country ever ceased to be a third world country by any duplicable method?
     
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    Travel warning issued for Haiti...
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    December 29, 2012 - The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for Americans living in or traveling to Haiti, citing numerous hazards, including murder, robbery and infectious disease, mainly in the Port-au-Prince area.
     
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    I think a lot of South American countries like Chile have. It all depends whether they are allowed to and we the West don't poke our noses into their affairs in order to grab their natural resources at knock down prices for example Afghanistan, where vast mineral deposits are known to exist.
     
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    Without outside help? No.
     
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    Singapore.

    Also Hong Kong, although technically it was a colony at the time.
     
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    America.
     
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    The North American colonies
     
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    Once, there was this ghastly place. A colony. Far from the halls of power. They yearned for their freedom from the abuse of their colonial masters... The adopted heretical political philosophy of the day.. Those people carved out a nation....

    well, you get the point. And no, I wasn't referring to Australia....
     
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    There's a couple of countries in (Eastern) Asia that were focused on exports to developed (= white English-speaking) countries, and thereby managed to pull themselves up to higher standards of living.

    In the late 80s they were referred to as the "Asian Tigers". First Japan, then Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan (all really tiny countries), then South Korea, and finally the massively huge country of China.

    Thailand has tried to use the same model but has had mixed success. There's simply too much poverty in Thailand. Their standard of living is slightly below that of Malaysia, their muslim neighbor to the South, which has a smaller population and is blessed with oil and natural gas reserves, although Thailand has more political and social freedom than Malaysia.

    Also, the economy in Thailand is based more on tourism and agricultural/food exports, rather than manufacturing. Much of their economy was also based on real estate, which caused some real estate bubbles in the past, and might not really have benefitted them so much in the long-term.
     
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    I forgot about Taiwan. But Japan wouldn't really fit the criteria. They were never really third world. They industrialized not too long after the West. Remember they beat the Russians in a war in 1905.
     
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    True, but before 1890 Japan was a "second world" country, I would say comparable to Thailand.

    It's interesting how all these Asian countries improved their standards of living through manufacturing exports.
     
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    Here's something Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore all have in common: They were all Chinese ethnicity.

    So so far, we only have examples of Northeast Asian culture societies climbing up out of Third World status.
     
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    Well Japan too, since you are counting that country.
     
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    Venezeula?
     
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    The citizens of the northeast Asian countries put our uneducated rednecks of the Trump kingdom to shame.
     

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