Mao Tse-tung: “On the Question of the Delineation of the Three Worlds”

Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of Power!

ON THE QUESTION OF THE DELINEATION OF THE THREE WORLDS

Mao Tse-tung
22.02.1974

Mao Tse-tung On Diplomacy
Peking 1998
Reproduced by
The Red Flag

ON THE QUESTION OF THE DELINEATION OF THE THREE WORLDS

This document consists of the published excerpts from Chairman Mao Tse-tung‘s conversations with President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.

MAO: We hope the 3rd World will unite. The 3rd World has a large population!

KAUNDA: That’s right.

MAO: Who belongs to the 1st World?

KAUNDA: I think it ought to be world of exploiters and imperialists.

MAO: And the 2nd World?

KAUNDA: Those who have become revisionists.

MAO: I hold that the USA and the Soviet Union belong to the 1st World. The middle elements, such as Japan, Europe, Australia and Canada, belong to the 2nd World. We are the 3rd World.

KAUNDA: I agree with your analysis, Mr. Chairman.

MAO: The USA and the Soviet Union have a lot of atomic bombs, and they are richer. Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada, of the 2nd World, do not possess so many atomic bombs and are not so rich as the 1st World, but richer than the 3rd 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 3rd World is very populous.

KAUNDA: Precisely so.

MAO: All Asian countries, except Japan, belong to the 3rd World. All of Africa and also Latin America belong to the 3rd World.