10 More Common Misconceptions Dispelled

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  • In regards to #9, the info-graphic is not incorrect, but it should be noted, only considers one of the two “Three Worlds” theories. The other (and perhaps more appropriate when considering Asia in particular) is due not to Alfred Sauvy (the originator of the #9 version) but to Moa Zedong. He also referred to the “Three Worlds” but placed the US and USSR together in the first world superpower category, and China among the “exploited” countries in the third world. Chairman Mao’s view is much more closely tied to the modern popular understanding of “Third World.”