There is no clear definition of “developing country”, and it mostly depends on the perception of a country or a person, so let’s look at what is developing countries
For example, some economists consider a country as developing if it’s GDP per capita is less than $15,000, while others consider a country as developing its GDP per capita is less than $30,000.
But is GDP per capita the only way to classify countries as developing or developed? Most certainly not.
There are various sources which use slightly different parameters to classify countries as “developing” or “developed”. Parameters such as HDI (Human Development Index), level of industrialization, standard of living, technological infrastructure, life expectancy, infant mortality rate and many more.
It is the reason why the United Nations considers Kuwait as a “developing Nation” even with the world’s highest GDP per capita ($69,688 in 2019). And the US as “developed country” with a GDP of $65,111 in 2019.
In a nutshell, considering a country as “developing” or “developed” depends on individual countries. For example, China considers itself as the world’s fastest-growing “developing country”, whereas the US has scrapped China from “developing countries list” of the US.
But why China wants to call itself a “developing nation” and not the more glorious and mighty “developed nation”? it’s because developing nations get certain trade benefits which China eagerly wants.
That’s why even after being a “developed nation”(according to many), China considers itself as a “developing nation”.
But does “The Real” developing countries are just puppets of US? In one word, the answer is a big YES.
Here are some reasons why –
The US can impose economic sanctions on (almost) any country.
There are few perks of being the world’s largest economy. One of them is ‘imposing economic sanctions’ in developing countries.
He imposed economic sanctions on Iran because, according to him, Iran wasn’t limiting its nuclear activities.
But what does it mean when I say the US has imposed economic sanctions on Iran? It means every country, which has business with Iran has to break all economic ties with it. If any country, by whims and fancies, decides to continue its economic ties with Iran, the US will impose economic sanction on that country as well.
Being an economic and military superpower, most countries comply with whims and fancies of the US, even if it means bearing loss on their side.
For example, India used to import most of its crude oil from Iran. But it has stopped importing crude oil from Iran after economic sanctions.
Moreover, India had to let go of one of the most strategic projects – Chabahar rail Project and chabahar port, which is partially used by India.
But most of that port will now be used by China, as per reports. Although, Iran’s government has said that India can join the Chabahar rail Project later, but, it will be like a guest and not like an owner.
The US moved it’s an embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is a disputed site, perhaps the most disputed site in the world. It is a holy site for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Israel, the only Jewish country in the world, is hated by the entire Muslim world.
But it has the support of the US. As Jerusalem is a disputed site, every country agreed to not consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
It is physically under the control of Israel, but Palestine also claims the site. They have fought many wars for the disputed site, and the conflict is still hot even after several decades.
In fact, very few Muslim countries have diplomatic ties with Israel. Most Islamic countries don’t even consider it as a country.
In 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that he would move it’s an embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
It may not sound like a big deal, but it is. It shows that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, which is a disputed site for decades, if not for centuries, and most Islamic world and even European countries showed their discontent over it. But the US stood firm over its decision and moved it’s embassy to Jerusalem.
The US can even influence developed countries
Amid trade war between the US and China that left both sides with heavy losses, but China might have suffered more.
World’s biggest tech company Huawei, which is a Chinese company, was forced to shut down their operations in the US.
Soon afterwards, the UK had to let go of Huawei as well. It would cost the UK 2 billion pounds and delay two to three years. And the UK was ready for it, as it feared US’s discontent.
Another reason for the ban of Huawei in the UK is the security law that China passed in Hong Kong, which is a former British colony and the semi-autonomous region of China.
Overall, every country, even developed ones, takes a lot of care to not go against policies of the US…
The US started peace talks with the Taliban without involving Afghanistan.
There was a say that the Afghanistan government is a puppet in the hands of the U.S. in
its policies against so-called ‘good Taliban’ rule.
It is perhaps the most embarrassing thing that happened to the Afghan government in the last few decades. After two decades of war with the Taliban, the US has finally decided to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and resolve the issue peacefully.
It is estimated that almost $2 trillion were spent fighting the war against the Taliban in the last two decades. But before striking peace deal with the Taliban, the US didn’t even ask the Afghan government about their opinion, and only at a later stage, the Afghan government joined the talks.
The talk, now known as “Doha Peace Talks” is ongoing. Let’s see what happens in that. US has few demands which the Taliban has to fulfil if they want the US to completely withdraw their troops. Demands mostly include democratic government, women’s education, human rights etc.
Indian diaspora in the U.S.
The case of the Indian diaspora in the U.S. is another example of the strategic moves of the
The United States.
After 2000, the IT sector started growing rapidly and many of the Indian techies got jobs in the U.S. The accumulation of skilled foreign labourers developed various diasporas in America.
The employees from developing countries helped the U.S. to keep a good pact with those countries and this phenomenon is diminishing in a recent political wave of right-wing politics.
The rise of right-wing politics all over the world is affecting various Diasporas in other countries. Considering the rise of other major international players like China, Russia, etc. developing countries are no more puppets in the hands of America.
The US can impose economic sanctions on developing countries and make them excluded from the world.
The US can meddle in any dispute between two countries and resolve them without the permission of both sides. The US can even pressurize developed countries to have it their way.
The US can incite full-fledged war and still, other countries would keep quiet. Like I said earlier, being an economic and military superpower has its perks, and the US is leaving no stone unturned to fully utilize them.