On “Third Worldism” and the description of the “Three Worlds” : 3. Mao Zedong on the three worlds
This document comes from the from the verbatim record of a discussion on February 22, 1974 between Mao Zedong and Kenneth David Kaunda ; it was presented in China as the point of view of Mao Zedong about the “Three Worlds”.
“Chairman Mao Zedong (hereinafter referred to as Mao) : We hope the Third World will unite. The Third World has a large population !
President Kenneth David Kaunda (hereinafter referred to as Kaunda) : That’s right.
Mao : Who belongs to the First World ?
Kaunda : I think it ought to be world of exploiters and imperialists.
Mao : And the Second World ?
Kaunda : Those who have become revisionists.
Mao : I hold that the U.S. and the Soviet Union belong to the First World. The middle elements, such as Japan, Europe, Australia and Canada, belong to the Second World. We are the Third World.
Kaunda : I agree with your analysis, Mr. Chairman.
Mao : The U.S. and the Soviet Union have a lot of atomic bombs, and they are richer. Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada, of the Second World, do not possess so many atomic bombs and are not so rich as the First World, but richer than the Third World. What do you think of this explanation ?
Kaunda : Mr. Chairman, you analysis is very pertinent and correct.
Mao : We can discuss it.
Kaunda : I think we can reach agreement without discussion, because I believe this analysis is already very pertinent.
Mao : The Third World is very populous.
Kaunda : Precisely so.
Mao : All Asian countries, except Japan, belong to the Third World. All of Africa and also Latin America belong to the Third World.”