- Aug 2009
I wonder to. It is a rather difficult question, so... crossroad, without being arrogant, I can't give an answer to that straight away. Definitions can differ from people to people and case to case, so it is a hard nut to crack I suppose.So...G.V. : What is your working definition of "developed"?
On the one hand you have a highly developed part of the country, cities bustling with life and with skyscrapers all around, on the other hand the largest part of the country is pisspoor. That's why I said 2 faces. Compare the living standards of the populace of China to that of a northwestern European country and I'll doubt you'll get such figures. Sure there is poverty in Europe as well, but not on the same level as China. Combined with that China lacks in several other aspects, such as human rights, democratic rights, freedom of speech, etc... Not that other countries don't have their fare share of problems on these issues - even the more "developed" ones - you still can't really say they would be equal to the conduct in China.
Or do you? What is your take on the criteria for being developed?